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''Ayn Rand is destined to rank in history as the outstanding novelist and most profound philosopher of the twentieth century.'' --New York Daily Mirror

''Ayn Rand is a writer of great power. She has a subtle and ingenious mind and the capacity of writing brilliantly, beautifully, bitterly.'' --New York Times Book Review --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

AYN RAND is the author of "Anthem, The Fountainhead, " and "Atlas Shrugged", and numerous non-fiction essays on philosophy, ethics, politics, art, and literature. Her philosophy, Objectivism, has gained a worldwide audience of adherents and admirers. She died in March 1982.

Schwartz is co-founder and chairman of Global Business Network.

PETER SCHWARTZ is retired Chairman of the Board of Directors, and currently a Distinguished Fellow, of the Ayn Rand Institute--the pre-eminent organization for the dissemination of Ayn Rand's ideas. Schwartz is the founding editor and publisher of "The Intellectual Activist" (1979-1991). He is often interviewed on radio and TV, by such personalities as Geraldo Rivera and Thom Hartmann. He lives in Danbury, CT.
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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: NAL; Expanded edition (January 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452011841
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452011847
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
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By Nicholas Provenzo on February 16, 2000
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It's hard to engage in hyperbole when it comes to praising Ayn Rand, she was a brilliant novelist, groundbreaking philosopher and accomplished communicator, all of the first order. "The New Left: The Anti-Industrial Revolution," though its adroit assessment of the cultural conflict of 1960's and `70's clearly ranks among the crown jewels of the Objectivist corpus. Written at a time when America was in a confused retreat, facing the wholesale rejection of the principles that led to its spectacular rise and facing a future that seemed wrought with storm clouds, Ayn Rand cut through the haze like a laser, identifying the altruist moral premise of America's destroyers and prescribing the antidote. Her essays, like `The Comprachicos,' which identified the essence and effect of progressive education, or `Apollo and Dionysus,' which contrasted the Apollo moon launch with the Woodstock music festival, all eloquently identified the forces that were tearing America apart and what was needed to make it whole again.
Yet it would be a mistake to say that Ayn Rand's essays were written only for the time in which they were written. Primarily philosophical examinations of the era, these essays have a timelessness to them that make them all the more vital today. In describing the problems that plagued America in the 60's and 70's, Ayn Rand described the problems that face all men who live in civilization, yet do not fully posses the right principles for doing so.
Now re-released as "Return of the Primitive" with new essays by Peter Schwartz, (a brilliant communicator in his own right), the book takes on an almost haunting tone. Today, the once-radical agenda of America's destroyers in the 60's and 70's is all but accepted.
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Return of the primitive: The anti industrial revolution is a modernized version of Rand's original work from the 1960's: The New Left: The Anti-Industrial Revolution. I have read Atlas Shrugged, Fountainhead, Anthem, We the Livng, Philosophy Who Needs It, Virtue of Selfishness...all by Ayn Rand. This book, The Anti-Industrial Revolution, in its original form is a very high quality addition to your Ayn Rand library.
Originally written at the suggestion of student/ reader, The Anti industrial revolution is a good application of Rand's philosopy to the troubles which plauged society both today and at the time of its writing, the riotous 1960's. Here you will see Rand analyse famous events such as Woodstock.. the mud pit fiasco of pot smoking non productive tribal minded people, and Apollo the launch representing man's highest abilities: the culmination of industry and technology in to man's greatest achievement to date (1960's). You will hear rand compare and contrast Woodstock with Apollo and you will be both surprised and enlightened.
The chapter on the comprachinos will take you for a psychological tour of what makes a man develope as a thinking individual, or not, from the time of birth through adolescence. Rand takes you on a virtual tour of a childs life, showing you which points are critical to the developement of individuality: the ability to percieve objectively. If you are concerned about what, if any, detrimental effects day care centers may have on the development of your child, you can find guidance here with Rand's writings.
Over all the book, composed of many short articles by Rand, is a very good addition to your works by Rand. I believe you will find it to be of the same high quality as other works by Rand. A really good book for those interested in reading some Rand for the first or fifth time.
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Have you thought, when hearing your friends fall blindly for the latest global warming hype, or hearing your professors disparage the American White Male as the cause of all the world's problems, that there is something terribly wrong with their positions? But have you found it difficult to argue effectively for your side because, no matter what facts or logical argument you raise, they respond with "facts" of their own and a "logical" argument that just doesn't seem right?

Ayn Rand is a master at uncovering the philosophical premises that are behind modernist fads like environmentalism (of course back then it was the next ice age, not global warming!), progressive education, racism, gender studies, etc. The ideas in Ayn Rand's Return of the Primitive and other books show the rottenness of many of the terrible ideas that are a part of our culture and will not only help you to understand and argue for better ideas but will arm you with principles against accidentally accepting the terribly mistaken philosophical premises that are behind them.
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Ayn Rand's analysis of the Left in the 60's was deadly accurate. It was eye-opening when I first read it, and remains relevant to this day.
One of Miss Rand's unique talents was in showing how important basic philosophical ideas are in shaping cultural trends. For example, if you're concerned about the deplorable state of education, her article "The Comprachicos" shows how educational problems have nothing to do with funding or class sizes, but everything to do with the way teachers teach, i.e., that the content and method of today's classrooms is designed to destroy a child's mind. Miss Rand's genius is that she exposes the basic philosophy behind this, and many other cultural phenomena.
Mr. Schwartz's essays on environmentalism, multiculturalism and feminism also hit the mark, highlighting Miss Rand's prescience. He shows that those who advocate these ideas want to take away all the values of your life--right down to the computer you're using to read this review--and how.
I highly recommend this book.
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