A look at how our current crises are caused by too much government, and how Ayn Rand's bold defense of free markets can help us change course.
The rise of the Tea Party and the 2010 election results revealed that tens of millions of Americans are alarmed by Big Government, but skeptical that anything can or will be done to stop the growth of the state. In Free Market Revolution, the keepers of Ayn Rand's legacy argue that the answer lies in her pioneering philosophy of capitalism and self-interest –a philosophy that more and more people are turning to for answers. In the past few years, Rand's works have surged to new peaks of popularity, as politicians like Paul Ryan, media figures like John Stossel, and businessmen like John Mackey routinely name her as one of their chief influences. Here, Brook and Watkins explain how her ideas can solve a host of political and economic ills, including the debt crisis, inflation, overregulation, and the swelling welfare state. And most important, they show how Rand's philosophy can enable defenders of the free market to sieze the moral high ground in the fight to limit government. This is a fresh and urgent look at the ideas of one of the most controversial figures in modern history – ideas that may prove the only hope for the future.
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Press
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This is the single most important non-fiction book defending capitalism ever written--more important tham Smith, Friedman, Von Mises or the like. The reason is that unlike other books purporting to defend capitalism this book presents an uncompromised moral defense based on self-interest and the profit motive. It shows that self-interest guided by reason is morally good and that capitalism cannot be defended morally without self-interest as its moral base. (Even Adam Smith defended self-interest based on collectivism--the good of society rather than individual rights). The book shows that the out-of-contol growth of government is based on the view that businessmen are viewed as "greedy" and the people are "needy" and therefore have the moral right to condemn business and have all their needs satisfied by government (which means: by their neighbors). The authors show that the creed of altruism (self-sacrifice) rather than being moral is immoral and destructive. Another virtue of this...
I cannot recommend this book strongly enough! It is no exaggeration to say, this is the best book that I have read so far in 2012. Yaron Brook and Don Watkins tackle altruism as the ideological block to free markets (and free people) in our society while breaking down the altruists main two arguments: the Argument from Greed, and the Argument from Need.
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:...
Yaron Brook and Don Watkins manage to do a lot in about 200 pages: Present a clear explanation why we do not have capitalism at present, what capitalism is, what capitalism is not, what capitalism requires and how to solve its challenges which capitalism's opponents insist require government regulations. Free Market Revolution presents incisive analysis of both the welfare and regulatory state but more importantly, it explains the root cause of the many problems of our current mixed system. That cause is not any kind of market failure, or greed but a certain dominant moral perspective that regards self-interest as evil and altruism as good. Using Ayn Rand's ideas to provide principled answers to common objections, the authors present extensive evidence to support their case ranging from historical examples to events coming from recent headlines. The book shows how we can and should move toward laissez faire capitalism and why government will continue to grow if we don't.
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