Friday, October 7, 2016

The Ominous Parallels by Leonard Peikoff

I had read Leonard Peikoff's The Ominous Parallels few years ago, but I misplaced the book. So now that I wanted to revisit some chapters in the book, I had to buy another copy. Too bad the book isn't available on Kindle because I would have preferred a digital edition.

Here’s a quote from Ayn Rand’s introduction to the book:

"It is a tragic irony of our time that the two worst, bloodiest tribes in history, the Nazis of Germany and the Communists of Soviet Russia, both of whom are motivated by brute powerlust and a crudely materialistic greed for the unearned, show respect for the power of philosophy (they call it "ideology") and spend billions of their looted wealth on propaganda and indoctrination, realizing that man's mind is their most dangerous enemy and it is man's mind that they have to destroy — while the United States and the other countries of the West, who claim to believe in the superiority of the human spirit over matter, neglect philosophy, despise ideas, starve the best minds of the young, offer nothing but the stalest slogans of a materialistic altruism in the form of global giveaways, and wonder why they are losing the world to the thugs.”

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