- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press; F First Edition edition (September 18, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0230341691
- ISBN-13: 978-0230341692
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 161 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #442,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“A joy to read. Even as it merges hefty philosophical arguments, detailed discussions of key economic concepts, and numerous historical examples, its light and breezy prose enables quick reading...Free Market Revolution could not have come at a better time.” ―The Objective Standard
“Free Market Revolution will raise the ire of every statist, socialist and crony capitalist. Rand understood - as do the authors of this all-too-timely book - that free markets are, indeed, moral while Big Government is manifestly not.” ―Steve Forbes
“A powerful and unapologetic case in support of capitalism. For those who think more government will solve our nation's problems, Free Market Revolution will open your eyes. For those who can already see the light, it will sharpen your vision.” ―Peter Schiff, CEO of Euro Pacific Capital, Inc., host of the Peter Schiff Show on www.SchiffRadio.com, and author of The Real Crash: America’s Coming Bankruptcy―How to Save Yourself and Your Country
“Free Market Revolution is must-reading for an age in which the government seems to be treating Atlas Shrugged not as a warning, but as a how-to manual.” ―Glenn Reynolds,
“Free Market Revolution is a potential game-changer. Brook and Watkins dismantle the myth that free markets are responsible for today's ills, and they teach us how to take the moral high ground in the fight against Big Government. If there are any Occupiers left, this book should make them lay down their signs in surrender. Anyone who wants to understand why we have strayed so far from the Founders' ideals, and how we can find our way back, should read this book.” ―Mallory Factor, Founder, Mallory Factor, Inc., and Professor of International Politics at The Citadel
“This book is a must read for anyone concerned about the demonization of capitalism and deification of collectivism. Yaron Brook and Don Watkins meld philosophy with practicality in their cogent analysis of how Ayn Rand's moral defense of capitalism can bring down the limitless growth of government and restore its original, intended purpose--protection of individual rights. Changing the trajectory of the country calls for a long and intense fight with very steep odds against victory. But the concept of the Free Market Revolution, celebrating the individual pursuit of rational, long-term self interest as a virtue, provides the arsenal for the assault. And Brook and Watkins give a battle plan of surefire approaches to limit, and then eliminate, even such massive incursions as the government's takeover of healthcare.” ―Jim M. Kilts, Former CEO of Gillette Company
“The most important issue in our society today is the morality of capitalism. Free Market Revolution lays bare how capitalism is the only economic system consistent with man's nature as a thinking being who must act in his long term rational self-interest to survive and prosper. This is an important book which integrates philosophical ideas with their real world consequences.” ―John A. Allison, Retired Chairman & CEO, BB&T Corporation
“Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand's Ideas Can End Big Government is very welcomed indeed. With clarity and courage Brook and Watkins present?the basic teachings of free market economics, and place them within the?context of Ayn Rand's broader moral-philosophic system. As the problems?with government intervention into the free market become more and more?evident to larger segments of the population, Ayn Rand's writing, especially her epic Atlas Shrugged, takes on a new life for a new generation.” ―Peter J. Boettke, Professor of Economics, George Mason University
About the Author
Yaron Brook is Executive Director of the Ayn Rand Institute. He has written for the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Investor's Business Daily, and CNN.com, and appeared on The O'Reilly Factor, The Glenn Beck Show, On the Money, and Closing Bell, among others. A former finance professor at Santa Clara University, he is the co-writer with Don Watkins of a column on business and capitalism at Forbes.com
Don Watkins is a fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute and the co-writer with Yaron Brook of a column on business and capitalism at Forbes.com. He appears regularly on radio and TV, and his op-eds have appeared in such venues as Investor's Business Daily, The Christian Science Monitor, FoxNews.com, and Forbes.
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These staunch defenders of Real Capitalism utterly demolish the idea the state intervention is responsible for the security that many Americans imagined they had prior to the 2008 financial crisis; and they explain how government intervention into the market can only lead to more intervention--and skyrocketing prices.
"Free Market Revolution" is a clarion call to liberty-loving people everywhere; now is the time to defend individual rights and expose the notion of group rights for the sham that it is. Buy this book today, call your library and ask that they get it, and if you're feeling in a more activist mood: buy it, and send it to a local successful businessman.
FMR is very readable, but not because it's a lightweight book with little substance. It's readable because the authors do a masterful job of logically building their case and of illustrating their arguments with real-life examples. The clear explanations of how government destroys by interfering in places it doesn't belong (i.e., most places) will make you angry. The authors' vision of the possibilities of life in a true laissez-faire society will make you eager to achieve it.
Have a nagging worry about Obamacare, but can't answer the question, "what about that poor child with leukemia, is he supposed to die?"
Then this book was written for you. That nagging feeling that something isn't right in the world, that business can't be bad... but then again, look at the bankers at Fannie Mae. Free Market Revolution has the words for those feelings. In an easy to read format - no in-depth details on economic theory - Watkins and Brooks detail how the free market answers all of these questions.
Watkins and Brooks detail how rational self interest must be the guiding force of the economy. As the authors put it, not 'selfishness' like we're taught in school, like a Bernie Madoff - who's actions are criminal in a free market system - but selfishness in your own life and future. The authors go on to describe an economy in which individuals engage freely on their terms rather than the point of a gun, and importantly, how any other economic system leads to destruction, slavery, and inevitably collapse.
This is not a book detailing the intricacies of supply and demand, it is about the application of one very important idea - that you are your own person, most capable of cultivating a productive and happy life, and that no man - or government - can substitute for that fact.