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Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal

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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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    Dante T. Ferrigno Bronwood, GA 05-31-05
    Dante T. Ferrigno Bronwood, GA 05-31-05 Listener Since 2004
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    "Amazingly accurate even today"

    This book should be required reading for college students.

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    Amazon Customer 04-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "brilliant"

    great book on the morality of capitalism and why it the only system that will create human flourishing.

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    Breez 11-12-16
    Breez 11-12-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Timeless Wisdom: Critically needed today."

    Absolutely a must read for every single freedom-loving American. Cannot recommend enough the importance of Rands work to explain and defend Capitalism with its foundation of individual rights as the only societal means to true human progress, flourishing, and happiness in the present world.

    The time taken to read or listen to this work, no matter your world view, will not be wasted.

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    Gaggleframpf 09-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting Economics"

    Everyone who reads anything written by Ayn Rand should know two things:

    1) Her definition of altruism is not your definition of it.
    2) To understand how her definition differs, you must read and grapple with a lot of her work.

    That being said, if you can get past the nit-pickings many people bring to the table, people who are completely unable to see beyond the conceptual scheme within which their thoughts operate, you should be able to seriously enjoy this book.

    Rand makes a case for Capitalism that is based on facts rather than historical narrative; i.e. she doesn't tell you compelling tear-jerkers to convince you, she simply restates the facts, as they are historically known. This brings me to another point, namely, that her definition of Capitalism is also not your definition of it.

    For her, Capitalism represents every individual's ability to reach their full-potential, their own "Perfect 10" state-of-existence. Capitalism is something which allows people to excel based on merit rather than on fiat or consensus. People who think she doesn't care for the downtrodden are seriously mistaken.

    On the contrary, Rand considers every individual as a whole, an "end in itself," meaning that a disabled person, (say someone with Down Syndrome,) has the same right to pursue their own happiness, their own ends, and their own fullest potential, as does the richest billionaire, or the most successful professional athlete, or any other cultural status symbol or cause we worship or might want to support.

    That being said, there are a few things Rand says that will not sit well with many, and make her reading impossible for some people. Professional philosophers may be put-off by the dismissive manner with which she speaks of Kant, Plato, and pretty much every other philosopher that wasn't Aristotle. Additionally, she is singlemindedly unbending in her commitment to her view, and sometimes so stubborn that her backside begins to show.

    Nevertheless, if you can get past the feelings of offense that might rise up within you, and separate her admittedly personal opinions from her more objective philosophical statements, I think you will find her reading satisfying, as well as compelling, both intellectually, and morally.

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    Ryan M. Gurley 07-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great for those into Objectivism."

    somewhat of a struggle to finish. The content was good but the narrator was a little bland.

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    ben farr 06-25-16
    ben farr 06-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Perfect"

    Read with wit and venom. I cannot think of a better possible delivery for this text

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    Nathan and Heather Merrill 01-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "required reading"

    this book along with Atlas Shrugged should be required reading for every college and high school student in America

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    olivia a neukuckatz 10-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A must read/listen."

    I don't think I will ever tire of listening to this book. I will take notes next time, and the time after that, and the time after that.

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    andrew Lakeland, FL, United States 04-21-15
    andrew Lakeland, FL, United States 04-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Lots of info."

    Rand can get into a "use all of the worlds massive words in one sentence" mode every so often, so if you zone out while driving you have no chance of filling in the gaps. Lots of rewinding.

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    Marco Otero 03-06-15
    Marco Otero 03-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book"

    For those trying to learn the nitty gritty of Rand's philosophy. Definitely do not recommend it as a first Ayn Rand book, you should read this only if curious about the specifics of her philosophy.

    The second to last chapter and the last chapters are amazing and I will definitely reference them in the future.

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