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the principles of capitalism are being battered by way of a flood of altruism, that's the reason for the trendy world's cave in. this can be the view of Ayn Rand, a view so substantially against triumphing attitudes that it constitutes a massive philosophic revolution. during this sequence of essays, she provides her stand at the persecution of massive enterprise, the motives of conflict, the default of conservatism, and the evils of altruism. here's a not easy new examine smooth society by way of probably the most provocative intellectuals at the American scene. This version contains articles through Ayn Rand which failed to look within the hardcover variation: The Wreckage of the Consensus, which offers the Objectivists perspectives on Vietnam and the draft; and Requiem for Man, a solution to the Papal encyclical Progresso Populorum. This selection of 26 essays contains twenty through Ayn Rand in addition to 3 essays by way of Alan Greenspan, through Nathaniel Branden, and one by way of Robert Hessen.

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THE PROPERTY STATUS OF AIRWAVES 11. PATENTS AND COPYRIGHTS 12. THEORY AND PRACTICE 13. LET US ALONE! Current State 14. THE ANATOMY OF COMPROMISE 15. IS ATLAS SHRUGGING? 16. THE PULL PEDDLERS 17. “EXTREMISM,” OR THE ART OF SMEARING 18. THE OBLITERATION OF CAPITALISM 19. CONSERVATISM: AN OBITUARY 20. THE NEW FASCISM: RULE BY CONSENSUS 21. THE WRECKAGE OF THE CONSENSUS 22. THE CASHING-IN: THE STUDENT “REBELLION” 23. ALIENATION 24. REQUIEM FOR MAN APPENDIX: MAN’S RIGHTS APPENDIX: THE NATURE OF GOVERNMENT RECOMMENDED BIBLIOGRAPHY INDEX CAPITALISM is the only system geared to the life of a rational being and the only moral politico-economic system in history.

Is man a sovereign individual who owns his person, his mind, his life, his work and its products—or is he the property of the tribe (the state, the society, the collective) that may dispose of him in any way it pleases, that may dictate his convictions, prescribe the course of his life, control his work and expropriate his products? Does man have the right to exist for his own sake—or is he born in bondage, as an indentured servant who must keep buying his life by serving the tribe but can never acquire it free and clear?

The objective theory of values is the only moral theory incompatible with rule by force. Capitalism is the only system based implicitly on an objective theory of values—and the historic tragedy is that this has never been made explicit. , his capacity to value. Force invalidates and paralyzes a man’s judgment, demanding that he act against it, thus rendering him morally impotent. A value which one is forced to accept at the price of surrendering one’s mind, is not a value to anyone; the forcibly mindless can neither judge nor choose nor value.

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