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eBook The God of the Machine ePub

by Isabel Paterson

  • ISBN: 0836929667
  • Category: Politics and Government
  • Subcategory: Politics
  • Author: Isabel Paterson
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Ayer Co Pub (October 1, 1979)
  • Pages: 292
  • ePub book: 1360 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1286 kb
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  • Rating: 4.6
  • Votes: 398

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The God of the Machine is a book written by Isabel Paterson and originally published in January 1943 in the United States by the G. P. Putnam's Sons.

The God of the Machine is a book written by Isabel Paterson and originally published in January 1943 in the United States by the G. At the time of its release, it was considered a cornerstone to the philosophy of individualism. Her biographer, Stephen D. Cox, in 2004 described Paterson as the "earliest progenitor of libertarianism as we know it today".

God of the Machine book. Miss Rand pointed out that the difficulty in reading this book is due to its lack of organization and the failure of Mrs. Paterson to outline her theory. This resulted in what seems at First published 70 years ago, The God of the Machine verges on greatness; it will in my view play a part in any future renaissance of individualism.

In her classic The God of the Machine, Isabel Paterson asks a devastating question: what gives you the steam-mill? Why have some societies had enormous scientific and material development while others stagnated?.

In her classic The God of the Machine, Isabel Paterson asks a devastating question: what gives you the steam-mill? . Paterson's one-time protEgE Ayn Rand said of The God of the Machine 'It is a sparkling book, with little gems of polemical fire scattered through almost every page, ranging from bright wit to the hard glitter of logic to the quiet radiance of a profound understanding.

The God of the Machine presents an original theory of history and a bold defense of individualism as the source of moral and political progress. When it was published in 1943, Isabel Paterson's work provided fresh intellectual support for the endangered American belief in individual rights, limited government, and economic freedom. The crisis of today's collectivized nations would not have surprised Paterson; in The God of the Machine, she had explored the reasons for collectivism's failure.

Isabel Paterson (January 22, 1886 – January 10, 1961) was a Canadian-American journalist, novelist, political philosopher, and a leading literary and cultural critic of her day. Historian Jim Powell has called Paterson one of the three founding mothers of American libertarianism, along with Rose Wilder Lane and Ayn Rand, who both acknowledged an intellectual debt to Paterson.

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When it was published in 1943, Isabel Paterson's work provided fresh intellectual support for the .

When it was published in 1943, Isabel Paterson's work provided fresh intellectual support for the endangered American belief in individual rights, limited government, and economic freedom.

Paterson's best known work is her 1943 book The God of the Machine, which at that time . was not merely a theorist; she had the creative imagination that brings theory to life and challenges the imaginations of others.

Paterson's best known work is her 1943 book The God of the Machine, which at that time was the preeminent individualist manifesto  . There was nobody quite like Isabel Paterson, and there is nothing quite like The God of the Machine.

Comments

Innadril Innadril
This is a key book for anyone interested in the history of 20th century libertarian thought. If you are new to libertarianism there are more readable authors such as F.A. Hayek. Some parts of the book such as the first chapter are truly lyrical. However, the bulk of the book is diminished by Paterson use of the terminology of electrical power transmission as a metaphor for economic systems. It's not that one necessarily disagrees with her, its that the reader has to stop and decypher the metaphor. Maybe in 1947 when the book was published the metaphor was required to communicate her views, but I don't think so. I think there was straight forward language available to communicate what she had to say. There certainly is today.
So, if you are already familiar with libertarian thinking (whether you agree or not) this is an important book. If you are not so familiar the book could feel obscure rather than enlightening.
Marige Marige
"The God of the Machine" is an important and enjoyable work for people interested in capitalist economics.

The book covers a series of historical periods from the Classical World up through the United States with a purpose of showing that capitalism (contract society) moves society forward and socialism does not.

While the writing style flowed smoothly and is not at all like a textbook, this is partly because Isabel Paterson believes in an "energy circuit" that causes human progress. This is where she diverges from Ayn Rand. Both ladies considered capitalism to be the correct way forward for mankind. However, Paterson uses religion to back up this belief while Rand builds solid arguments using only reason to back up this belief.

The introduction by Stephen Cox provided useful biographical information about Paterson.

John Christmas, author of "Democracy Society"
Honeirsil Honeirsil
Difficult to read because of her metaphors about everything. The ideas seem very solid and right on & so true of today's government people. More libertarian than just conservative. It so closely follows Ayn Rand's beliefs except for the disagreement over Religion as a basis of society. I had to drag through it but certainly worthwhile.
Vivaral Vivaral
Reading this book feels a little weird to a modern person--it's not just a book about human progress, it's a snapshot of the time that the author lived in, so the text can feel a bit dense and packed with unfamiliar metaphors. However, there's a lot of fascinating observations and conclusions here that no one should miss out on--the thinking you will do while reading this book can only benefit you.
Ghile Ghile
There’s only one way the world is supposed to work, and its only in America that that way has a chance to succeed....
Oppebro Oppebro
An interesting pro-liberty, pro-free market book & from an historical perspective I liked her insights into the totalitarian dictatorships of her day: Russia, Japan, & Germany and the contrasts she made between their centrally planned economies and the consequences (of war and stagnation} they led themselves into as a result.
Asyasya Asyasya
Heavy reading, but I've never run across a better presentation of the evils of socialism and the benefit and true freedom of a market economy.
In "The God of the Machine" Isabel Paterson provides a concise historical explanation of how human energy spawned the rise of all great nations, and how government interference via taxation, regulation, and conquest necessarily led to the fall of those nations. Of course, as she explains, the evils of government are a direct result of the wants and desires of otherwise good and decent people. She creatively and accurately labels such individuals as The Humanitarian[s] with the Guillotine!