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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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  • Robert
  • Centerville, OH, USA
  • 12-19-09

Capitalism: The unknown ideal

Ayn Rand is amazing, I found it hard to believe she was writing in the 60s. It could have been written today. What was true then is even more true today. Should be a must read in college. Whether you agree with her or not, her logic is impeccible. And her defense of Capitalism is first rate and I believe to be true.

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  • steve
  • Clovis, CA, United States
  • 08-10-10

Must listen

If you love freedom and you believe in the individual then you will grow your brain immensely. I have to listen several times it is so good

20 of 21 people found this review helpful

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  • Travis
  • DAYTON, OHIO, United States
  • 06-29-11

BEST of Ayn Rand!

I've read almost every word Ayn Rand has ever written, and this is by far her magnus opus (though she would have disagreed). "Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal" is not simply a book about economics; Rand covers the rights of man, the nature of government (borrowed from "The Virtue of Selfishness"), and builds a picture of what a moral society would value. From this premise, Rand then discusses the only moral system of economics possible: capitalism. Phenomenal book for conservatives, liberals, and ESPECIALLY, the "moderates". I couldn't recommend this book more!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Paul
  • Albuquerque, NM, USA
  • 06-24-09

Great Book.

It helps to have a background in the writings of Ayn Rand before you listen to this one. Though written first in 1946 and updated through the mid to late 1960s, most everything she has to say is applicable today. The chapter by Alan Greenspan is priceless. I like the narrator, she really fits the material. Cheers!

20 of 22 people found this review helpful

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  • Karen
  • Mars, PA, United States
  • 08-18-07

Ashame this is not taught in our

-horrible statist-schools -paid with tax dollars. I recently spoke with a high school economics teacher. This woman had a lesser understanding of how the Federal Reserve works than most lay people I know. Its a sad state of affairs when these are the statist appointed people teaching our future generations. This book is so rational and so true in stating the cause & effect of the last 100 years of the US and its failing economy. Even thought this book is over 40 years old it rings as true, if not more so. We are seeing our country falling into socialism/communism run by statist who want to extort our wealth and redistribute it as they see fit. Every US citizen should read this book. Its about time we start to understand why our country's production and development have slowed to a crawl since 1890. You cannot afford to not listen to this book.

36 of 44 people found this review helpful

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Great Book. Should be required reading!

This is one of those books that should be required reading. Regardless of your beliefs, one should at a minimum understand this side of the coin.

24 of 30 people found this review helpful

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  • Tim
  • arlington, TX, USA
  • 11-25-09

What a mind!

This book will open your eyes on how we have been made slaves by our corrupt politicians. The material is so current even though it was written decades ago. It is nice to know the full reasoning for why I believe so completely in Capitalism and Freedom. These concepts should be taught in public schools, but I guess it might take away from time wasted on Global warming.

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  • Edwin
  • Glendale, CA, United States
  • 02-07-12

The title says it all...

If you could sum up Capitalism in three words, what would they be?

incredibly insightful.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The understanding of private property rights are the foundation of personal and civil rights!

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  • John
  • Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
  • 08-09-05

Simply the truth

Capitalism is the only economic system that actually works, and this book tells you why.

30 of 44 people found this review helpful

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 01-06-16

Ayn Rand's first book of essays

This is the first of four reviews of Ayn Rand books that I am going to write. This review is of a non-fiction book of essays about the political advantages of the capitalist system. The other three will be works of fiction. Rand viewed herself as a philosopher, but she was a much better novelist than writer on philosophy.

Released in 1966 Capitalism:The Unknown Ideal is one of two important Rand books of essays (the other is The Virtue of Selfishness titled from the most important and controversial of the essays in the book). There is much worthwhile in the book, but compared to FA Hayek's works such as The Road to Serfdom, Rand's work comes across shallow and amateurish. My advice for those interested in the advantages of the capitalist economic system is to read Fredrich Hayek, Ludwig von Mises, and Milton Friedman rather than Ayn Rand's essays. Some of her essays are quite good, but her strength is as an author of fiction rather than a writer on serious philosophy.

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