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“Ideas are the greatest and most crucially practical power on earth.”—Ayn Rand

One of the most controversial figures on the intellectual scene, Ayn Rand was the proponent of a moral philosophy of rational self-interest that stands in sharp opposition to the ethics of altruism and self-sacrifice. Her unique philosophy, Objectivism, has gained a worldwide following. The fundamentals of this morality are vibrantly set forth here by this spokesman for a new class of intellectual. For the New Intellectual is Ayn Rand’s challenge to the prevalent philosophical doctrines of our time and the “atmosphere of guilt, of panic, of despair, of boredom, and of all-pervasive evasion” that they create.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Ayn Rand is destined to rank in history as the outstanding novelist and most profound philosopher of the twentieth century.”

    New York Daily Mirror

  • “Represents Rand’s first step from fiction to public philosophy.”

    James T. Baker, historian

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Tori | 2/16/2014

    " Made up almost entirely of excerpts from her novels. Who is this "New Intellectual"? Only Ayn Rand and those who are willing to adhere to her philosophy. As far as her philosophy - she actually has me agreeing with her most of the time, but to a point. In order for her views to be plausible to the point of implementation, every child in America must be born with equal opportunity and privilege. I submit to you that this is hardly the case. I confess to socialistic tendencies, but I think if Rand's utopia = everyman for himself, I think we should at least even the playing field. But that would be fair, wouldn't it? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lucy | 2/15/2014

    " A collection of sections from her other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Art | 2/12/2014

    " "Capitalism demands the best of every man - his rationality - and rewards him accordingly." Ayn Rand is badass. She says some scary things (writing off entire countries as "savages", advocating "conquering nature") and she has a tendency to run tangents to dark, misguided places, but if you moderate her ideas with a healthy amount of common sense, they just might do your life some good. People will tell you Rand's a bad writer but they're wrong. The title essay of this collection gives voice to many thoughts I've had and never put into words properly, thoughts I've had but never found the words to defend. The rest is made up of choice quotes from all her major fiction works, making this a punchy, essential little volume. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by James | 2/11/2014

    " Kind of a funhouse mirror of the intellectual giants who came up with the social contract notion of philosophy. It's a bit like a petulant child, crying out that nobody understands anything but her. Reason is good, sure, and I'll even accept that the Attila and Witch Doctor dynamic is an interesting thread to run through the eponymous essay. I just think it's pretty horrendous to call out, in my mind, some of history's most interesting people -- like Hume, Marx, and JS Mill -- although, this being the fourth of her books I've gone through, I can't say I'm surprised. "

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