politics
INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS

Politically, capitalism is the system of laissez-faire/freedom that regards the individual as a sovereign, independent being with an inalienable right to their own life (individualism).

law
RULE OF LAW

Legally, capitalism operates under a rule of law (as opposed to a rule of man) whose purpose is the protection of individual rights.

economics
FREE MARKET

Economically, when freedom under the rule of law is applied to the sphere of production and trade, its result is the free-market.

culture
PEACE & PROGRESS

Culturally, when such freedom is applied to the arts, relationships, technology, and the sciences, it leads to human flourishing, peace, and progress.

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One of the most revolutionary and powerful works on capitalism—and on politics—that has ever been published.”—Barron’s magazine

 

Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal by Ayn Rand

"No politico-economic system in history has ever proved its value so eloquently or has benefited mankind so greatly as capitalism—and none has ever been attacked so savagely, viciously, and blindly. The flood of misinformation, misrepresentation, distortion, and outright falsehood about capitalism is such that the young people of today have no idea (and virtually no way of discovering any idea) of its actual nature."

"...By their silence—by their evasion of the clash between capitalism and altruism—it is capitalism's alleged champions who are responsible for the fact that capitalism is being destroyed without a hearing, without a trial, without any public knowledge of its principles, its nature, its history, or its moral meaning. It is being destroyed in the manner of a nightmare lynching—as if a blind, despair-crazed mob were burning a straw man, not knowing that the grotesquely deformed bundle of straw is hiding the living body of the ideal."

"The method of capitalism's destruction rests on never letting the world discover what it is that is being destroyed—on never allowing it to be identified within the hearing of the young."

"The purpose of this book is to Identify it."

-- AYN RAND (from the Introduction)

Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal by Ayn Rand

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Much of the Capitalism FAQ is based on Ayn Rand’s philosophy Objectivism. For Ayn Rand’s views in her own words the reader is recommended to read her works — especially her revolutionary series of essays in Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal. Please feel free to contact me with thoughts, corrections and suggestions.