- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Crown Forum (August 23, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1400083311
- ISBN-13: 978-1400083312
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 108 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How Capitalism Saved America: The Untold History of Our Country, from the Pilgrims to the Present Paperback – August 23, 2005
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“A brilliant exposé.” —National Post (Canada)
“A welcome response to the barrage of uninformed attacks on the private enterprise system.” —Murray Weidenbaum, former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers
“Argues provocatively that FDR’s policies made the Depression worse in the 1930s.” —Larry Kudlow, CNBC’s Kudlow & Cramer
“Provides a great service by reminding everyone of how integral free markets have been to our liberty and advancement.” —Bernard Chapin, lewrockwell.com
“Consistent and well reasoned . . . Highly recommended.” —Library Journal
“Should be required reading in every course on American history.” —George Reisman, professor of economics, Pepperdine University
“All those interested in exposing the fallacies of statism and defending the free market should buy at least two copies of this book—one for themselves and one for their congressman.” —The Honorable Ron Paul, U.S. House of Representatives
“May this book—that rare combination of great learning and great writing—be read by every American who cares about our future as a free society.” —Llewellyn H. Rockwell Jr.
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Whether it's Michael Moore or the New York Times, Hollywood or academia, a growing segment in America is waging a war on capitalism. We hear that greedy plutocrats exploit the American public; that capitalism harms consumers, the working class, and the environment; that the government needs to rein in capitalism; and on and on. Anticapitalist critiques have only grown more fevered in the wake of corporate scandals like Enron and WorldCom. Indeed, the 2004 presidential campaign has brought frequent calls to re-regulate the American economy.
But the anticapitalist arguments are pure bunk, as Thomas J. DiLorenzo reveals in How Capitalism Saved America. DiLorenzo, a professor of economics, shows how capitalism has made America the most prosperous nation on earth--and how the sort of government regulation that politicians and pundits endorse has hindered economic growth, caused higher unemployment, raised prices, and created many other problems. He propels the reader along with a fresh and compelling look at critical events in American history--covering everything from the Pilgrims to Bill Gates.
And just as he did in his last book, The Real Lincoln, DiLorenzo explodes numerous myths that have become conventional wisdom. How Capitalism Saved America reveals:
- How the introduction of a capitalist system saved the Pilgrims from starvation
- How the American Revolution was in large part a revolt against Britain's stifling economic controls
- How the so-called robber barons actually improved the lives of millions of Americans by providing newer and better products at lower prices
- How the New Deal made the Great Depression worse
- How deregulation got this country outof the energy crisis of the 1970s--and was not the cause of recent blackouts in California and the Northeast
- And much more
How Capitalism Saved America is popular history at its explosive best.
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Though I have questions about some of Dilorenzo’s theories, I was not turned off by them. To the contrary, I finished “How Capitalism Saved America” and then immediately bought his book, “The Problem with Socialism.” I highly recommend both books. (See my upcoming review of “The Problem with Socialism.”)
Free Markets are cooperative. Fair exchange. Non-coerced. Suppliers competing for customers. Productive. Creative. Choice. Trade offs. Growing the pie. Protagonistic.
Capitalism is a pejorative dreamed up by Marx and applied to a system Marx wanted to crush. Competitive. Compulsory. Dog eat dog. Exploitative. Fixed pie, zero sum. Antagonistic. That does not in any way describe the economic system of free people.
I consistently teach Free Markets. I shun the word capitalism.
But... this book is exactly right for teaching how Free Markets built and saved America. So I use it for high school history. Especially good for the history of the "Progressive movement".
Ch 6: How Free Markets enriched the working class
Ch 7: The truth about "robber barons" (captains of industry)
Ch 8: Antitrust myths
Ch 10: How the New Deal crippled Free markets
Free markets. Free markets.
DiLorenzo gets everything right. Using this for instruction, I first do a great deal on the totalitarian projects of the 20th century, then I do economics, and then this book.
Teens love this book.