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Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal

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  • Full Title: Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal
  • Author(s): Ayn Rand, with additional articles by Nathaniel Branden, Alan Greenspan, and Robert Hessen
  • Year Published: 1966 (original edition), 1967 (revised edition)
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  • Publication Type: Commercial
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  • Description: This is a collection of essays. Most of the essays originally appeared in The Objectivist Newsletter or The Objectivist. The essays on "Man's Rights" and "The Nature of Government" were also included in The Virtue of Selfishness. The introduction was modified in 1970 to reflect Rand's break with Branden.
  • Cover Blurb:

    The fundamentals 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 is 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 student rebellion, 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. (From a Signet paperback printing.)


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