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Capitalism: the Unknown Ideal


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Part 1 Theory and history: what is capitalism?, Ayn Rand, the roots of war, Ayn Rand, America's persecuted minority - big business, Ayn Rand, antitrust, Alan Greenspan, common fallacies about capitalism, Nathaniel Branden, gold and economic freedom, Alan Greenspan, notes on the history of American free enterprise, Ayn Rand, the effects of the industrial revolution on women and children, Robert Hessen, the assault on integrity, Alan Greenspan, the property status of airwaves, Ayn Rand, patents and copyrights, Ayn Rand, theory and practice, Ayn Rand, let us alone!, Ayn Rand. Part 2 Current state: the anatomy of compromise, Ayn Rand, is Atlas shrugging?, Ayn Rand, the pull peddlers, Ayn Rand, "Extremism," or the art of smearing, Ayn Rand, the obliteration of capitalism, Ayn Rand, conservatism - an obituary, Ayn Rand, the new fascism - rule by consensus, Ayn Rand, the wreckage of the consensus, Ayn Rand, the cashing-in - the student rebellion, Ayn Rand, alienation, Nathaniel Branden, requiem for man, Ayn Rand. Appendix: man's rights, Ayn Rand, the nature of government, Ayn Rand.

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A Life More Compelling Than Fiction' was the slogan of the 1997 Academy Award-nominated documentary Ayn Rand- A Sense of Life. The film poster describes Ayn Rand as 'The most original, uncompromising and controversial writer/philosopher of the twentieth century.' Born and raised in the mysticism and collectivism of Russia, she escaped to America in 1926 and became a champion of reason and individualism. To learn more about the woman who wrote inspiring, best-selling novels and created a new philosophy, choose from the related subjects to learn more.


As an interesting relic of the past, this outlandish piece of propaganda is worth the listener's time, even though the author's overconfident sense of her own rightness and persistence at pressing her points with little respect for opposing views can quickly become more than a little annoying. Using outdated words such as "altruists" to represent the forces of evil who would overburden the poor, beleaguered American business community, Rand "protesteth" far too much. Americans have seen many of the abuses come to pass that Rand, writing in 1946, claimed would never happen if free enterprise were just left to its own devices, so many of her arguments will be lost on a modern listener. For instance, the antitrust laws forced railroad barons to use illegal payoffs to forge ahead with expansion, and they shouldn't, therefore, be blamed the antitrust laws are the real problem. Narrator Anna Field's cold, crisp voice is actually well suited to such a heartless piece as this. Recommended. Mark Pumphrey, Polk Cty. P.L., Columbus, NC Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

"One of the most revolutionary and powerful works on capitalism--and on politics--that has ever been published."--Professor Leonard Peikoff, Barron's magazine

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