Here is a look at how our current economic 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 Rand’s 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 growing welfare state. And most importantly, they show how Rand’s philosophy can enable defenders of the free market to seize 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.
“A powerful and unapologetic case in support of capitalism. For those who think more government will solve our nation’s problems, Free Market Revolution will open your eyes. For those who can already see the light, it will sharpen your vision.” (Peter Schiff, CEO of Euro Pacific Capital and New York Times best-selling author)
“Free Market Revolution is must-reading for an age in which the government seems to be treating Atlas Shrugged not as a warning, but as a how-to manual.” (Glenn Reynolds)
“In this lengthy but digestible tome, Brook and Watkins, of the Ayn Rand Institute, tackle the 2008 housing crisis, subsequent Wall Street crash, Bernie Madoff, and the healthcare industry through the lens of Rand’s principles…The book challenges existing value judgments of self-interest, self-sacrifice, and the morality of business people, deeming them not selfish but heroic, saving less intellectually skilled workers from ‘starv[ing] in hopeless ineptitude.’” (Publishers Weekly)
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Ayn Rand is relevant today
Finally, a strong MORAL defense for capitalism
This might be the most important book to defend capitalism ever published. Seriously. If not ever, then definitely of the last decade. It shows why true free markets, or laissez faire capitalism, is the only system to not only be politically and economically sustainable, but is the purest in it's morality as well.
It really breaks down governments short comings, and how it's policies and interference with the free market has lead to where we are today.
Breaking down the over regulated banking institutions, and how those regulations lead to the collapse of those institutions and the bailouts that occurred thereafter.
The moral defense of what Rand called "rational selfishness" in compared to altruism that is rampant in our society (the idea that you are your brother's keeper). Really opened my eyes to some new ways of thinking.