The God of the Machine
by Isabel Paterson

A highly over-rated "libertarian" tract. It is filled with pseudo-scientific terminology borrowed from engineering, architecture, auto-mechanics, etc. and misapplied to the social sciences of economics, political philosophy, and history. It is more or less for free enterprise, free war, free will, patriotism, and technology. It is also anti-anarchism, anti-intellectual, muddled, erroneous, simplistic, vaguely Christian, and more conservative than libertarian.

It is not nearly as good a book as Walter Lippman's Good Society and not any more pure. The best chapter is "Humanitarians with the Guillotine." It has some good ideas and an occasional eloquent passage mixed in with poorly written drivel.

Year Read: 1974

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