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POV: The Anti-Industrial Revolution
by Ayn Rand | 1970
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by Amanda Maxham | July 29, 2014
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Man vs. Mollusks?
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Climate Vulnerability and the Indispensable Value of Industrial Capitalism
by Keith Lockitch | September 2009
No More Green Guilt
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A Critique of Climate Change Science and Policy
by Keith Lockitch | April 13, 2009
The Real Meaning of Earth Hour
by Keith Lockitch | March 23, 2009
The Green Energy Fantasy
by Keith Lockitch | February 25, 2009
No “Footprint,” No Life
by Keith Lockitch | January 09, 2009
It Isn’t Easy Being Green
by Keith Lockitch | October 16, 2007
Rachel Carson’s Genocide
by Keith Lockitch | May 23, 2007
Reject Environmentalism, Not DDT
by Keith Lockitch | September 19, 2006
Who Will Defend Industry from Eco-Terrorism?
by Onkar Ghate | February 08, 2006


Science And Industrialization in Voice for Reason
Science & IndustrializationEnvironmental Issues

POV: The Anti-Industrial Revolution

by Ayn Rand | 1970 | Return of the Primitive

ARI’s Point of View on the Environmental Movement

The environmental movement is often seen as a campaign to clean up man’s environment so that we can lead healthy and happy lives. But in early 1971, less than a year after the movement kicked off its first Earth Day celebration, Ayn Rand argued that this was a façade to cover the actual ideology animating the movement.

In her analysis, the leaders of the environmental movement are motivated not by a genuine concern for human life, but by hatred — hatred for technology, for man and for man’s basic tool of survival, his mind. Obviously these are strong claims, but in her lengthy essay “The Anti-Industrial Revolution,” Rand explains her viewpoint with compelling evidence and locates the movement within a long line of attacks on capitalism and freedom. (This essay can be found in Return of the Primitive.)

ARI maintains that it is vital to oppose the antihuman ideology of environmentalism and to uphold the indispensible values of reason, science, technology, industrialization and laissez-faire capitalism — cornerstones of the environment in which individual human beings flourish.

Rand’s essay “The Anti-Industrial Revolution” originated as a lecture given at the Ford Hall Forum in 1970. Below is the recording of that lecture.

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