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The Unknown Ideal (50th Anniversary Edition)

Ayn Rand Nathaniel Branden, Ph.D. Alan Greenspan Robert Hessen



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27 January 1994
The foundations of capitalism are being battered by a flood of altruism, which is the cause of the modern world's collapse. This is the view of Ayn Rand, a view so radically opposed to prevailing attitudes that it constitutes a major philosophic revolution. In this series of essays, she presents 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 new look at modern society by one of the most provocative intellectuals on the American scene.

'One of the most revolutionary and powerful works on capitalism-and on politics-that has ever been published.' - Professor Leonard Peikoff, Barron's magazine This edition includes two articles by Ayn Rand which did not appear in the hardcover edition- The Wreckage of the Consensus,' which presents the Objectivists views on Vietnam and the draft; and Requiem for Man,' an answer to the Papal encyclical Progresso Populorum.
By:   Ayn Rand, Nathaniel Branden, Ph.D., Alan Greenspan, Robert Hessen
Imprint:   Signet
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 171mm,  Width: 105mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   193g
ISBN:   9780451147950
ISBN 10:   0451147952
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   27 January 1994
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal (50th Anniversary Edition)

In these papers collected from her cultist Objectivist News-Letter, the white goddess of laissez-faire capitalism continues the fervent dialogue between herself and those minds most at ease in the 19th century. The super-capitalists of her novels suggest that the return to free enterprise she demands would be something like a gorilla house without bars. Miss Rand herself, while scoring points against the use of violence, the mixed economy of western countries and the communist-ruled regimes of the east, reminds us that nobody reads history as she does (for example, calling the Nazis a socialist movement, an absurd interpretation in the light of events; or tagging Nelson Rockefeller a wrecker of capitalism which is comparable to classifying Al Capone as a gangbuster). After her attack on the statism of current governments, her cry for a radical capitalism is that of a doctor who, having diagnosed the spreading cancer, now hopes for a return to the original tumor. Her followers, such as Nathaniel Branden and Robert Hessen who also contribute essays to this volume, will no doubt disagree. This is for the faithful only - those who flaunt dollar signs rather than sense. (Kirkus Reviews)

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