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Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal Mass Market Paperback – July 15, 1986
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In one essay, Branden dissects the criticisms of capitalism during the Industrial Revolution. He shows the relationship between the Industrial Revolution and the Population Explosion. More to the point he shows how Capitalism improved peoples' lives--by providing more sustenance for people to live on.
Alan Greenspan's Essay "Gold and Economic Freedom" is a masterpiece frequently quoted elsewhere, but origionates with this book. If you want to know how the Fed kept inflation down throughout Greenspan's reign as Chairman, here's the essence of his philosophy and modus operandi in a few pages. Greenspan also in another essay explains how corrupt monopolies cannot exist--without the help of government.
Rand herself, while sometimes going overboard on the "Morality" side, does make some very valid points in two essays in particular: "The Roots of War", and "Man's Rights." The theme of both is "being generous with other people's fortunes." (If I had the ability to take all of your money, I will show you just how compassionate to the world I can be.)
In "Roots of War" Rand explains that, outside of voluntary charity there are two ways to acquire something: take it, or swap something for it. Conquest or trade. There is no other option. Government is the agent of conquest, capitalism the agent of trade.Read more ›
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I wish that someone would have turned me on to this woman back when I was a lot younger, then I wouldn't' just be learning about the country I grew up in. Read morePublished 1 month ago by David J Patton
One of my favorite books. Have read it many times and used it to inform my own thinking as well as others.Published 3 months ago by Thomas Anderson
Absolutely a great description of what capitalism really is. Most people have a warped idea what capitalism is and reading this books will set them strait. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Z. Ordanic
Her work is the most putrid dribble of political idiocy out there. Every possible evil is, in a convoluted way, linked to socialism. Read morePublished 4 months ago by rkmagic
This is a 5 star book to understand the philosophy of Capitalism and the horrors of other systems. It does not endeavor to explain capitalism nor should it. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Bill