Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal

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Penguin, Jul 15, 1986 - Philosophy - 416 pages
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In this series of essays, Ayn Rand presents her stand on the persecution of big business, the causes of war, the default of conservatism, and the evils of altruism.

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. Here is a challenging new look at modern society by one of the most provocative intellectuals on the American scene.
 
This edition includes two articles by Ayn Rand that did not appear in the hardcover edition: “The Wreckage of the Consensus,” which presents the Objectivists’ views on Vietnam and the draft; and “Requiem for Man,” an answer to the Papal encyclical Progresso Populorum.
 

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User Review  - LisaMaria_C - LibraryThing

Ayn Rand was once asked if she could present the essence of her philosophy while standing on one foot. She answered: Metaphysics: Objective Reality; Epistemology: Reason; Ethics: Self-interest ... Read full review

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User Review  - joshua.pelton-stroud - LibraryThing

A collection of essays written mostly by Ayn Rand, this book did a good job of getting out the over all message of Individual Rights superseding the collective.Some of the most interesting bits I ... Read full review

Contents

Title Page Copyright Page Introduction
Theory and History
WHAT IS CAPITALISM?
THE ROOTS OF
BIG BUSINESS
ANTITRUST
COMMON FALLACIES ABOUT CAPITALISM
GOLD AND ECONOMIC FREEDOM
Current State
THE ANATOMY OF COMPROMISE
IS ATLAS SHRUGGING?
THE PULL PEDDLERS
EXTREMISM OR THE ART OF SMEARING
THE OBLITERATION OF CAPITALISM
AN OBITUARY
RULE BY CONSENSUS

NOTES ON THE HISTORY OF AMERICAN FREE ENTERPRISE
THE EFFECTS OF THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION ON WOMEN AND CHILDREN
THE ASSAULT ON INTEGRITY
THE PROPERTY STATUS OF AIRWAVES
PATENTS AND COPYRIGHTS
THEORY AND PRACTICE
LET US ALONE
THE WRECKAGE OF THE CONSENSUS
THE STUDENT REBELLION
ALIENATION
REQUIEM FOR
MANS RIGHTS
RECOMMENDED BIBLIOGRAPHY
Copyright

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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.

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