By David Ashford

ISBN-10: 1474297692

ISBN-13: 9781474297691

ISBN-10: 1474297706

ISBN-13: 9781474297707

The philosophy of Ayn Rand has had a task equivalent or more than that of Milton Friedman or F.A. Hayek in shaping the modern neo-liberal consensus. Its influence was once robust on architects of Reaganomics reminiscent of Alan Greenspan, former Director of the area financial institution, and the recent breed of yank industrialists who constructed innovative info applied sciences in Silicon Valley.
But what will we particularly recognize of Rand's philosophy? Is her gospel of selfishness quite not anything greater than a reiteration of a quintessentially American "rugged individualism”? This booklet argues that Rand's philosophy can actually be traced again to a second, prior to global conflict I, whilst the paintings of a now-forgotten German thinker known as Max Stirner possessed a unprecedented charm for writers and artists throughout Europe. The impact of Stirnerian Egoism upon that section of extreme artistic innovation we now name Modernism used to be seminal.
The implications for our realizing of Modernism are profound – so too for our seize of the "cultural good judgment of overdue capitalism”. This publication offers the reader with a clean viewpoint at the Modernist classics, in addition to introducing much less accepted artwork and writing that's simply now starting to allure curiosity within the West. It arrives at a clean and compelling second look of Modernism: revealing its egocentric streak.

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