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God of the Machine : Library of Conservative Thought - Isabel Paterson

God of the Machine

Library of Conservative Thought

Paperback Published: 30th January 1993
ISBN: 9781560006664
Number Of Pages: 366

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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. Her book placed her in the vanguard of the free-enterprise movement now sweeping the world.

Paterson sees the individual creative mind as the dynamo of history, and respect for the individual's God-given rights as the precondition for the enormous release of energy that produced the modern world. She sees capitalist institutions as the machinery through which human energy works, and government as a device properly used merely to cut off power to activities that threaten personal liberty.

Paterson applies her general theory to particular issues in contemporary life, such as education, .social welfare, and the causes of economic distress. She severely criticizes all but minimal application of government, including governmental interventions that most people have long taken for granted. The God of the Machine offers a challenging perspective on the continuing, worldwide debate about the nature of freedom, the uses of power, and the prospects of human betterment.

Stephen Cox's substantial introduction to The God of the Machine is a comprehensive and enlightening account of Paterson's colorful life and work. He describes The God of the Machine as "not just theory, but rhapsody, satire, diatribe, poetic narrative." Paterson's work continues to be relevant because "it exposes the moral and practical failures of collectivism, failures that are now almost universally acknowledged but are still far from universally understood." The book will be essential to students of American history, political theory, and literature.

-[T]his is a brilliant and extraordinary book. . . . It is brilliant in the perceptiveness, the incisiveness, the power, the scope of its analysis that presents--in carefully chosen, dramatically illuminating essentials the history of man's long quest for freedom, from ancient Greece to World War II. It offers an unforgettable experience: a panorama of the centuries, as seen from the elevation of a truly grand intellectual scale.-

Ayn Rand, The Objectivist Newsletter

-The God of the Machine remains a classic of individualist thought. But it is not a pale historical artifact, locked in its time of origin. It is focused on the great continuing issues of civilization, which it confronts with the authority of Paterson's special character and experience. . . . [Paterson] was not merely a theorist; she had the creative imagination that brings theory to life and challenges the imaginations of others. There was nobody quite like Isabel Paterson, and there is nothing quite like The God of the Machine.-

--Stephen Cox, Reason

-Published by Putnam's in May 1943, The God of the Machine displayed profound insights about the development of human freedom since ancient times and about the workings of a successful social order, all expressed in a lively style. . . . Paterson develops a consistent, comprehensive, courageous world view. She denounces conscription... paper money... hypocritical businessmen who covet government subsidies... and the New Deal Wagner Act which helped establish labor union monopolies. Reflecting on the Prohibition debacle, Paterson ridicules the notion that government can set moral standards for anyone. She joyfully celebrates private property, free markets, enterprising immigrants and gold money. What fun you're going to have discovered, or rediscovering, this sensational book.-

--Jim Powell

-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? . . . Paterson's search for an answer, articulated via a sustained metaphor of the 'engineering principles' of political economy needed to sustain the 'flows' of productive human energy, takes her from ancient Greece and Rome to Medieval Europe to the American Founding. . . . 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.' Paterson's wit, logic, and understanding still cast light today, and The God of the Machine remains a source of illumination for modern readers seeking a better understanding of the preconditions for development and freedom.-

--Cato Institute, Libertarianism.org "[T]his is a brilliant and extraordinary book. . . . It is brilliant in the perceptiveness, the incisiveness, the power, the scope of its analysis that presents--in carefully chosen, dramatically illuminating essentials the history of man's long quest for freedom, from ancient Greece to World War II. It offers an unforgettable experience: a panorama of the centuries, as seen from the elevation of a truly grand intellectual scale."

Ayn Rand, The Objectivist Newsletter

"The God of the Machine remains a classic of individualist thought. But it is not a pale historical artifact, locked in its time of origin. It is focused on the great continuing issues of civilization, which it confronts with the authority of Paterson's special character and experience. . . . [Paterson] was not merely a theorist; she had the creative imagination that brings theory to life and challenges the imaginations of others. There was nobody quite like Isabel Paterson, and there is nothing quite like The God of the Machine."

--Stephen Cox, Reason

"Published by Putnam's in May 1943, The God of the Machine displayed profound insights about the development of human freedom since ancient times and about the workings of a successful social order, all expressed in a lively style. . . . Paterson develops a consistent, comprehensive, courageous world view. She denounces conscription... paper money... hypocritical businessmen who covet government subsidies... and the New Deal Wagner Act which helped establish labor union monopolies. Reflecting on the Prohibition debacle, Paterson ridicules the notion that government can set moral standards for anyone. She joyfully celebrates private property, free markets, enterprising immigrants and gold money. What fun you're going to have discovered, or rediscovering, this sensational book."

--Jim Powell

"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? . . . Paterson's search for an answer, articulated via a sustained metaphor of the 'engineering principles' of political economy needed to sustain the 'flows' of productive human energy, takes her from ancient Greece and Rome to Medieval Europe to the American Founding. . . . 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.' Paterson's wit, logic, and understanding still cast light today, and The God of the Machine remains a source of illumination for modern readers seeking a better understanding of the preconditions for development and freedom."

--Cato Institute, Libertarianism.org "[T]his is a brilliant and extraordinary book. . . . It is brilliant in the perceptiveness, the incisiveness, the power, the scope of its analysis that presents--in carefully chosen, dramatically illuminating essentials the history of man's long quest for freedom, from ancient Greece to World War II. It offers an unforgettable experience: a panorama of the centuries, as seen from the elevation of a truly grand intellectual scale."

Ayn Rand, The Objectivist Newsletter

"The God of the Machine remains a classic of individualist thought. But it is not a pale historical artifact, locked in its time of origin. It is focused on the great continuing issues of civilization, which it confronts with the authority of Paterson's special character and experience. . . . [Paterson] was not merely a theorist; she had the creative imagination that brings theory to life and challenges the imaginations of others. There was nobody quite like Isabel Paterson, and there is nothing quite like The God of the Machine."

--Stephen Cox, Reason

"Published by Putnam's in May 1943, The God of the Machine displayed profound insights about the development of human freedom since ancient times and about the workings of a successful social order, all expressed in a lively style. . . . Paterson develops a consistent, comprehensive, courageous world view. She denounces conscription... paper money... hypocritical businessmen who covet government subsidies... and the New Deal Wagner Act which helped establish labor union monopolies. Reflecting on the Prohibition debacle, Paterson ridicules the notion that government can set moral standards for anyone. She joyfully celebrates private property, free markets, enterprising immigrants and gold money. What fun you're going to have discovered, or rediscovering, this sensational book."

--Jim Powell

"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? . . . Paterson's search for an answer, articulated via a sustained metaphor of the 'engineering principles' of political economy needed to sustain the 'flows' of productive human energy, takes her from ancient Greece and Rome to Medieval Europe to the American Founding. . . . 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.' Paterson's wit, logic, and understanding still cast light today, and The God of the Machine remains a source of illumination for modern readers seeking a better understanding of the preconditions for development and freedom."

--Cato Institute, Libertarianism.org "The God of the Machine remains a classic of individualist thought. But it is not a pale historical artifact, locked in its time of origin. It is focused on the great continuing issues of civilization, which it confronts with the authority of Paterson's special character and experience. . . . [Paterson] was not merely a theorist; she had the creative imagination that brings theory to life and challenges the imaginations of others. There was nobody quite like Isabel Paterson, and there is nothing quite like The God of the Machine."

--Stephen Cox, Reason

"Published by Putnam's in May 1943, The God of the Machine displayed profound insights about the development of human freedom since ancient times and about the workings of a successful social order, all expressed in a lively style. . . . Paterson develops a consistent, comprehensive, courageous world view. She denounces conscription... paper money... hypocritical businessmen who covet government subsidies... and the New Deal Wagner Act which helped establish labor union monopolies. Reflecting on the Prohibition debacle, Paterson ridicules the notion that government can set moral standards for anyone. She joyfully celebrates private property, free markets, enterprising immigrants and gold money. What fun you're going to have discovered, or rediscovering, this sensational book."

--Jim Powell

Introduction to the Transaction Edition
The Energy Circuit in the Classical Worldp. 3
The Power of Ideasp. 15
Rome Discovers Political Structurep. 25
Rome as an Exhibit of the Nature of Governmentp. 37
The Society of Status and the Society of Contractp. 41
Liberty, Christianity, and the New Worldp. 53
The Noble Savagep. 63
The Fallacy of Anarchismp. 71
The Function of Governmentp. 81
The Economics of the Free Societyp. 94
The Meaning of Magna Cartap. 106
The Structure of the United Statesp. 118
Slavery, the Fault in the Structurep. 135
The Virgin and the Dynamop. 143
The Fatal Amendmentsp. 157
The Corporations and Status Lawp. 165
The Fiction of Public Ownershipp. 179
Why Real Money Is Indispensablep. 202
Credit and Depressionsp. 219
The Humanitarian with the Guillotinep. 235
Our Japanized Educational Systemp. 251
The Energy Circuit in Wartimep. 262
The Dynamic Economy of the Futurep. 280
Appendixp. 293
Indexp. 299
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ISBN: 9781560006664
ISBN-10: 1560006668
Series: Library of Conservative Thought
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 366
Published: 30th January 1993
Publisher: TRANSACTION PUBL
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 14.99  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.54