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By David Ashford

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 used to be robust on architects of Reaganomics equivalent to Alan Greenspan, former Director of the realm financial institution, and the recent breed of yankee industrialists who constructed progressive info applied sciences in Silicon Valley.
But what can we quite recognize of Rand's philosophy? Is her gospel of selfishness rather not anything greater than a reiteration of a quintessentially American "rugged individualism”? This booklet argues that Rand's philosophy can in truth be traced again to a second, sooner than international warfare 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 impression of Stirnerian Egoism upon that part of extreme artistic innovation we now name Modernism was once seminal.
The implications for our knowing of Modernism are profound – so too for our clutch of the "cultural common sense of past due capitalism”. This ebook provides the reader with a clean standpoint at the Modernist classics, in addition to introducing much less customary paintings and writing that's simply now starting to allure curiosity within the West. It arrives at a clean and compelling re-examination of Modernism: revealing its egocentric streak.

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