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Capitalism: the Unknown Ideal

The foundations of capitalism are being battered by a flood of altruism, which is the cause of the modern world's collapse. This is the view of Ayn Rand, a view so radically opposed to prevailing attitudes that it constitutes a major philosophic revolution. In this series of essays, she presents her stand on the persecution of big business, the causes of war, the student rebellion, and the evils of altruism.
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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.

About the Author

Born February 2, 1905, Ayn Rand published her first novel, We the Living, in 1936. Anthem followed in 1938. It was with the publication of The Fountainhead (1943) and Atlas Shrugged (1957) that she achieved her spectacular success. Rand's unique philosophy, Objectivism, has gained a worldwide audience. The fundamentals of her philosophy are put forth in three nonfiction books, Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology, The Virtues of Selfishness, and Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal. They are all available in Signet editions, as is the magnificent statement of her artistic credo, The Romantic Manifesto.


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