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The Return of the Primitive: The Anti-Industrial Revolution Paperback – January 1, 1999
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''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
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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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We are in the midst of a collapse of reason across the nation, especially in the darkening halls of higher learning. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Richter Watkins
a little confusing in that it is focused on actual on-goings in the late '60-early '70's . . . I remember it well. . I was there !! Read morePublished 5 months ago by james w adkins
Ayn Rand thoroughly understood the importance of ideas and philosophy, and knew that societies that replaced clear thinking with fuzzy thinking would face increasingly dire... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Eric Mayforth
A book that tells you why the modern world has taken on the malignant form it has. Rand explains better than most why we exist in the present state of decay. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Michael Tsarion