Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand's Ideas Can End Big Government

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Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand's Ideas Can End Big Government

Format:  Hardcover,

272 pages

Publisher: St Martins Pr

Publish Date: Sep 2012

ISBN-13: 9780230341692

ISBN-10: 0230341691

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"NATIONAL BESTSELLER"

A look at how our current crises are caused by too much government, and how Ayn Rand's bold defense of free markets can help us change course.

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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 her 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 swelling welfare state. And most important, they show how Rand's philosophy can enable defenders of the free market to sieze 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.

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Publisher: St Martins Pr
Publish Date: Sep 2012
ISBN-13: 9780230341692
ISBN-10: 0230341691
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 272
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.0
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.5 x 9.75 x 1.0

Chapter outline

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Problem
The Incredible Unshrinking Government
The Wealth of Free Nations
Why the Last Swing to the Right Failed
Conclusion: The Situation Today
Why Government Grows
The Least Controversial Idea
The Argument from Greed and the Argument from Need
Conclusion: A Moral Crisis
With Friends Like These …
Free Marketers versus the Market
The Right's Crusade for Big Government
Conclusion: In Search of a Defense of "More,
The 2008 Housing Meltdown: A Crisis That Government Built
The Federal Reserve Spikes the Punch
Housing Policy Made Things Worse
Financial Regulation Made Things a Disaster
The Unlearned Lessons
Conclusion: Freeing the Unfree Market
The Solution
Rethinking Selfishness
The Prisoner and the Producer
A Package Deal
Conclusion: Unpacking the Package Deal
The Morality of Success
It's Hard to Be Selfish
Principle 1: Rationality
Principle 2: Productiveness
Principle 3: Trade
ANew Concept of Selfishness
The Evil of Self-Sacrifice
Conclusion: The Only Way to Be Selfish
The Business of Business
The Businessman: Parasite or Producer?
A Fellowship of Traders
Conclusion: The Great Liberator
The Nobility of the Profit Motive
What It Shall Profit a Man
Profitable Principles
The Altruistic Attack on Business Success
Conclusion: The "Public Good" Be Damned
Selfishness Unleashed
A Society of Producers
Protecting the Profit Motive
Laissez-Faire
Conclusion: Markets Are Moral
The Dynamism of the Market
The Division of Labor
Prices
Competition
Innovation
Government Intervention
Conclusion: The Profit System
The Regulatory State and Its Victims
Protecting the Consumer
Protecting the Worker
Punishing the Producer
Conclusion: Answering the Argument from Greed
The Immoral Entitlement State
Before the Entitlement State
Born of Ideology
The Entitlement State's War on the Rational and Productive
From Entitlement Morality to Entitlement Mentality
Conclusion: Answering the Argument from Need
You Are Not Your Brother's Health Care Provider
The Cause: How Government Made Health Care Inefficient and Expensive
The Cure: Toward a Free Market in Health Care
Conclusion: Freeing the Unfree Health Care Market
Stopping the Growth of the State
Why Only Rational Selfishness Will Do
The Basic Contradiction
Ayn Rand and the Free Market Revolution
Notes
Index
About the Authors

Book description

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

A look at how our current 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 her 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 swelling welfare state. And most important, they show how Rand’s philosophy can enable defenders of the free market to sieze 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.

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