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Capitalism, the unknown ideal by Ayn Rand

Capitalism, the unknown ideal (original 1966; edition 1966)

by Ayn Rand

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Title:Capitalism, the unknown ideal
Authors:Ayn Rand
Info:[New York] New American Library [1966]
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Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal (original 1966 edition) by Ayn Rand (1966)


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One of the most turgid pieces of tripe I have ever read. The writing was leaden, and the ideas were dead, outdated and just plain wrong. ( )
  James.Igoe | Jul 26, 2017 |
- In 1967 I began undergraduate studies in the College of Letters and Science at the University of Wisconsin. Within a year I had chosen Economics as my major and embarked on a path to fulfill the requirements of that degree. Shortly before, I had discovered the works of Ayn Rand and this volume, which was first published in 1966, joined with volumes of Hayek, Friedman and Mises as part of my auxiliary reading in the economics of capitalism. I say auxiliary because, except in the history of economics course, none of these authors were on the syllabuses of the Economics Department at UW-Madison.
- For students of economics, both young and old, the most valuable feature of the book is the Recommended Bibliography. While less than two pages long, it contains the best of the classic works needed for a foundation in understanding economics. The essays included in the book range from philosophy to history and commentary on current (circa 1960s) policies. The good thing about economic principles is that they do not change with the political currents and are not based on the whims of individuals, but are grounded in objective reality. That is what gives Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal its' continuing value for all who desire to understand the nature of capitalism. ( )
1 vote jwhenderson | May 6, 2011 |
There are probably a lot of important issues that aren't raised by this book, but it is stil interesting and thought-provoking. ( )
  casper52 | Mar 15, 2011 |
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(Introduction): This book is not a treatise on economics.
This disintegration of philosophy in the nineteenth century and its collapse in the twentieth have led to a similar, though much slower and less obvious, process in the course of modern science.
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This Work is Ayn Rand's original collection of eighteen essays, Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal (1966). An expanded collection of twenty-six essays was published in November 1967, adding two more essays by Ayn Rand (a total of twenty), two essays by Nathaniel Branden, three essays by Alan Greenspan, and one essay by Robert Hessen. Please distinguish between these related but different Works. Thank you.
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This Work collects 18 of Ayn Rand's essays:

"What Is Capitalism?"
"The Roots of War"
"America's Persecuted Minority: Big Business"
"Notes on the History of American Free Enterprise"
"The Property Status of Airwaves"
"Patents and Copyrights"
"Theory and Practice"
"Let Us Alone!"
"The Anatomy of Compromise"
"Is Atlas Shrugging?"
"The Pull Peddlers"
"'Extremism,' or The Art of Smearing"
"The Obliteration of Capitalism"
"Conservatism: An Obituary"
"The New Fascism: Rule by Consensus"
"The Cashing-in: The Student Rebellion"
"Man's Rights"
"The Nature of Government"

This Work does NOT include essays by Nathaniel Branden, Alan Greenspan, or Robert Hessen
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