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Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal | [Ayn Rand]

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 was the view of Ayn Rand, a view so radically opposed to prevailing attitudes that it constituted a major philosophic revolution. In this series of essays, she presented her stand on the persecution of big business, the causes of war, the default of conservatism, and the evils of altruism.
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The foundations of capitalism are being battered by a flood of altruism, which is the cause of the modern world's collapse. This was the view of Ayn Rand, a view so radically opposed to prevailing attitudes that it constituted a major philosophic revolution. In this series of essays, she presented her stand on the persecution of big business, the causes of war, the default of conservatism, and the evils of altruism. Here is a challenging look at modern society by a woman who was one of the most provocative intellectuals on the American scene. Ms. Rand's unique philosophy, Objectivism, has gained a worldwide audience.

©1946 Ayn Rand; (P)2000 Blackstone Audiobooks

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    m derosier 11-13-14
    m derosier 11-13-14 Member Since 2008
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    "too deep to listen to"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    after several replays, and that's not easy on an ipod, i made the decision that this is not a book to listen to. the concepts are such that you need to stop and ponder what you just read. so, i bought the book in print. and it's a good thing. i can read only a few pages before i have to stop and discuss what i just read with my husband and compare it to current events and discuss accuracy.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    there is no character or character development other than for comparison.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    this book is not movie material. it's more economics and philosophy class material.


    Any additional comments?

    don't give up on this title if you find you can't listen to it. get a print version. you'll be glad you did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John 06-10-13
    John 06-10-13

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    "A Lot Of Redundancy. You Can Say That Again."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Ayn Rand makes excellent, well-researched points early on. Then, just won't let go. The constant restating of her points begins to wear thin. I stuck through, but it was work.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Ayn Rand? Why or why not?

    Not right away. I probably should have read "Atlas Shrugged" first. I'm not eager to try it now.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None sticks out.


    Do you think Capitalism needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Isn't going to come too soon from Ms. Rand, I expect.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are already a die-hard capitalist, this book will reaffirm everything you already know and believe. I'm not sure that Ayn Rand's zealotry stands the test of time. Some of her theories, especially about companies' naturally seeking to do the right thing, simply do not hold true, especially in the food and drug industry category.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Morgantown, WV, United States 05-12-13
    Peter Morgantown, WV, United States 05-12-13
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend it. Ayn Rand is currently an influential author. However, her reasoning is frequently weak. There is, however, one insight that comes early in the book that is important and deserving of more attention than it is receiving. Rand reminds us that an economic order without a moral and ethical foundation is bound to fail.


    Has Capitalism turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What about Anna Fields’s performance did you like?

    Goo reader


    If you could give Capitalism a new subtitle, what would it be?

    no suggestion


    Any additional comments?

    None

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tansu Tallahassee, FL, USA 08-06-05
    Tansu Tallahassee, FL, USA 08-06-05
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    "Proved wrong! Long and a little boring!"

    The book is about how capitalism is the best system for humanity and leise-faire capitalism (totally free market economy without any government intervention) is the best for the humanity. The author is wrong in some points. Economically it is proven that markets are not always efficient and free markets do not always output the optimum for the society. (you can read some game theory and strategy books about it) Actually, the author does not care about society a lot. She says, individualism is the most beneficial idea, and if everybody behaves selfishly, it will also be the best for the humanity, which is not.

    John Nash actually proved this in 1950s but Ayn Rand did not appear to accept this phenomenon. Although I agree in many points in the book how capitalism is the most free system, it does not mean that it is the best system for the society. Capitalism still cannot solve the ever increasing income gap between the poor and the rich. This gap continuously widens.

    24 of 107 people found this review helpful
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    Tess Ellensburg, WA, USA 07-05-05
    Tess Ellensburg, WA, USA 07-05-05 Member Since 2005
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    "The Cult of Consumption Parrots this Book"

    If you like to hear how you can consume and comsume some more without consequence then Rand is for you. There is, however, nothing revolutionary about this book.

    11 of 98 people found this review helpful
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