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Why Businessmen Need Philosophy: The Capitalist's Guide to the Ideas Behind Ayn Rand's AtlasShrugged Paperback – April 5, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0451232694 ISBN-10: 0451232690 Edition: Rev Exp

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Trade; Rev Exp edition (April 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451232690
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451232694
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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Debi Ghate is Vice President of Academic Programs at the Ayn Rand Institute where she also serves as a corporate officer. Ghate is the senior director of the Anthem Foundation for Objectivist Scholarship, a separate organization from ARI that supports scholarly work based on Ayn Rand's corpus. Richard A. Ralston is the publishing manager of the Ayn Rand Institute. He has been the circulation director and publisher of The Christian Science Monitor, a radio producer, a national television news business manager, and a book publisher. He was the revision editor of two books by Ayn Rand in 2005: THREE PLAYS and THE EARLY AYN RAND.

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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By William Bucko on April 5, 2011
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Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" was a moral revolution, illustrating "a philosophy for living on earth." If human life is important, then we should glorify those who make life possible--the Thomas Edisons, Henry Fords and other creators, the businessmen who CREATE wealth (rather than seize it).

Yet today most intellectuals attack the very men and women who keep us alive.

This book explains WHY. It explodes the false ideas that underlie today's worship of omnipotent government: altruism, and the Marxist dogma that the source of wealth is men's muscles rather than their minds. And it gives businessmen an invaluable self-defense kit!

The contents:

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Preface by Debi Ghate and Richard E. Ralston
Acknowledgments
Introduction by John Allison

Part 1: Do Businessmen Really Need Philosophy?

"Why Businessmen Need Philosophy," by Leonard Peikoff
"Philosophy: The Ultimate CEO," by Harry Binswanger
"Wealth is the product of man's capacity to think," by Ayn Rand (from Atlas Shrugged)
"The Businessmen's Crucial Role: Material Men of the Mind," by Debi Ghate
"The Money-Making Personality," by Ayn Rand

Part 2: Why is Business "Public Enemy #1"?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ash Ryan on January 22, 2012
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Its intended audience might find much of value in this book, if they can get past the first few chapters, which are of somewhat mixed quality (as is John Allison's introduction). And for some reason, the editors left out some of the best essays from the original edition (such as Binswanger's "'Buy American' is Un-American") and retained some of the weaker ones (such as Leonard Peikoff's, which is not his best work, though it is the title essay). To give credit where credit is due, however, the essays by Yaron Brook on the history and morality of money-lending and by Onkar Ghate on Atlas Shrugged as "America's Second Declaration of Independence" are excellent, as are those by Harry Binswanger, Keith Lockitch, and of course Ayn Rand. John Ridpath's and Peter Schwartz's contributions are also good.
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This book treats the reader to a refreshing and fundamental presentation of what is good about capitalism. In this book you will learn that real capitalism – not today’s crony corporatism – has a sound philosophic underpinning and can be fairly described as the voluntary exchange of accomplishments. If you are in business – whether as an owner, investor or employee, you will see why capitalism is a profoundly moral way to engage in productive activity with other people.
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Finally...a breath of fresh air on the morality of business based on the only person's philosophy that recognizes it...Ayn Rand
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By Michael in Michigan on October 27, 2013
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This is an excellent book for businessmen and women who are almost always under attack for being evil in some way. It provides a moral sanction for the activities of traders: the buying and selling of goods and services by voluntary exchange for mutual benefit and why this is such a morally good activity.

It also helps the businessman defend himself against the false morality of altruism: the morality of human sacrifice. It shows how the morality of sacrifice is opposed to the trader principle and how to defend oneself from the guilt producing effects of sacrifice.

I highly recommend this book to anyone in or contemplating going into business.
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