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The New Left: The Anti-Industrial Revolution

3.92  ·  Rating Details  ·  357 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
This book is Ayn Rand's call to American youth to reject the tribal, conventional irrationality of the New Left and to grasp the need of a philosophical revolution founded on the supremacy of reason, with individualism, self-interest, science, technology, and progress as its consequences. There is nothing new about the New Left; it is the last gasp of an outworn philosophy ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 30th 1993 by Plume (first published September 1st 1971)
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Natalie Michelle Bradley
Nov 12, 2009 Natalie Michelle Bradley rated it it was amazing
This is great because it pisses off hippies.
Anthony
Oct 23, 2007 Anthony rated it it was ok
Ayn Rand is a lot like George W. Bush. They both think from the gut. So when Rand rambles for tens of pages in The Comprachicos, the (thankfully) concluding story in her compendium, The New Left: The Anti-Industrial Revolution, you will quickly realize that her discourse on the cognitive development of the human child is nothing more than thinking from the gut. Her psycho-epistemological overview is a self-inflicted wound that the reader subjects him/herself to with every turn of the page. It is ...more
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Part V of a multi-part review series.

Essays regarding ‘60s developments. Disappointing for a Rand effort--which is to say that it is as usual godsawful, just manifestly horrible, as though the abyss burped something up after a night of heavy drinking--but that its awfulness is not simultaneously awesomeness, as in Virtue of Selfishness or Romantic Manifesto, which are both so godsawful that one receives maximum lolarious return on readerly investment and the negative criticism writes itself. Thi
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Gary Sudeth
Aug 04, 2011 Gary Sudeth is currently reading it
In this collection of essays, Rand provides substance to a recollection from my childhood that the radical left, which morphed into the "Green Movement", were fundamentally anti-industrial and anti-technical progress. Quite an act for people who today call themselves "Progressives". While we have forgotten that the impetus for much of the left's acts today stem from the efforts of communists beginning in the 1930's, Rand prescient pen quickly redraws the reality of this fact.
Jonathon
Mar 10, 2015 Jonathon rated it it was amazing
If you hate hippies and all youthful, optimistic, dumb "counter cultures" that participate in self-induced brain trauma by drug and alcohol abuse (I am not going to lie, I participated in that in my youth and am currently drunk); read the "Apollo and Dionysus" article. I have not read a more accurate description of the fraudulence, conformity, and bullshit surrounding the hippie movement than in this article. It is as if you could take a youth involved with a "counter culture" today and intercha ...more
Jenna
I recommend to anybody to read this book. It's actually very good :) In Rand's composition she explained, and Identified the integral evils of the New Left and their movement, gang, group, and etc. Although I didn't like or (mis-used) a couple of words that she mentioned I assumed that she has some reasons. For example like she's praising the Montessouri school which is totally different from the present Montessouri school.

As my understanding the present Montessouri school is now become progres
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Michael Connolly
Mar 14, 2012 Michael Connolly rated it it was amazing
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The best chapter in this book is titled "The Age of Envy". In it she discusses something even darker than envy, something she names "hatred of the good for being the good." Considering all the public conversation the past fifty years regarding hatred of blacks, women, Jews, homosexuals, foreigners and so on, it is surprising that so little attention has been paid to what must be the worst bigotry of them all.
Julien V
This is terrible. I admit that I was in it for the laughs, but there wasn't much laughs to be had, except when she calls hippies thugs and brutes (whaaat?). In this compilation Ayn Rand is absolutely hysterical (and bitter too), her ideas about the environment are downright criminal... but instead of having proper arguments, she resorts to insults and the most ridiculous "straw man' tactics in the history of sophisms.

You may think it's still worth to check out, especially if you find, as I did,
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JP
May 18, 2013 JP rated it really liked it
It's been a while since I read a Rand book. This is a collection of essays she wrote, most in the last 60's and early 70's in response to hippie movements and Progressive education. Her comment on the sit-in's at Berkley: "Rule by pressure groups is merely the prelude, the social conditioning for mob rule. Once a country has accepted the obliteration of moral principles, of individual rights, of objectivity, of justice, of reason, and has submitted to the rule of legalized brute force, - the eli ...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
I am by and large an admirer of Rand's writing and philosophy--it was literally life-changing. The relatively low rating simply represents the fairly low place of this book among the works by her I've read--by the time I got to this collection of essays, little in it represented anything new. That said, I can see its influence in my thinking--and there are a couple of gems in here I still remember vividly decades after first reading them--in particular, "Apollo and Dionysus" and "The Comprachico ...more
Marcus Clark
Jul 07, 2013 Marcus Clark rated it really liked it
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Good. Mostly interesting, thought-provoking. Although there is much I cannot agree with, there is much I can. Her fault seems to be in generalizations, exaggerations, and making issues black and white i.e. simplifying (distorting.) to reach simple answers.

Also a great deal of hate and bitterness seems to pervade her writing. For example:
"the unwashed face and snarling mouth of a hippie".

All in all it gives much to think about.

Don't expect to agree with everything in thi
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Stephen
May 19, 2016 Stephen rated it really liked it
God damn Collectivists. Quotes Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged a lot.
John
Jan 02, 2014 John rated it liked it
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This turned out to be just a rehash of her other books and articles . nothing new for me.
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Sascha
May 02, 2008 Sascha rated it really liked it
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yeah she's a total bitch but great essays to think about
Anthony
Jan 07, 2013 Anthony rated it it was amazing
Ayn Rand at her finest.
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