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The Left: Old and New

Andrew Bernstein

Presented at: London Ayn Rand Meetup ARC-UK

Date: Nov 06, 2020

“There is a significant change in the leftist-liberal ideology of today, a difference between the old left and the new — not in essential goals or fundamental motives, but in their forms …” Ayn Rand, Return of the Primitive: The Anti-Industrial Revolution

In her article, ‘The Left: Old and New’, Ayn Rand details the ways in which the New Left differs from the old. She notes that “three fundamentals remain untouched: mysticism-altruism-collectivism”, and identifies what has changed from the old left to the new, drawing on examples.

In this Meetup, questions such as the following are explored:
  • How did the New Left of Rand’s era differ from the old left? What prompted this change?
  • Is the political left that we see today different from the left of one, or two, or three decades ago? What has changed? What has stayed the same?


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