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Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand's Ideas Can End Big Governmentby Yaron Brook
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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 are largely skeptical that anything can or will be done to stop the growth of the state. Free Market Revolution argues that we must embrace a new way of thinking about capitalism and self-interest—one first spearheaded by popular novelist-philosopher Ayn Rand. In the last few years, her works have sold millions more copies, and Tea Party enthusiasts (not to mention politicians such as Ron Paul and Paul Ryan, media figures such as John Stossel, and businessmen such as John Mackey) routinely name Rand as one of their chief influences. Free Market Revolution is one of the first works that takes Rand's ideas and applies them to today's political events, with chapters addressing the debt crisis, inflation, regulation, the welfare state, and much more. Equally important, the authors discuss the morality of her philosophy vis-a-vis the progressive agenda—the perennial controversy that has kept Rand's ideas relevant for so long.
Free Market Revolution tackles today's hot-button issues,
including why:unemployment benefits hurt Americansgovernment policy is making the housing crisis even worsethe bailout of the auto industry will ultimately kill itthe new healthcare law will make care more difficult and costlyWith the size of government promising to be the defining issue of the 2012 election, Rand's eloquent defense of free markets is as timely as ever. Free Market Revolution gives her legacy a new and critical urgency.
"In this lengthy but digestible tome, Brook and Watkins, of the Ayn Rand Institute, tackle the 2008 housing crisis, subsequent Wall Street crash, Bernie Madoff, and the healthcare industry through the lens of Rand's principles. Their premise is that the 'rational selfishness' of the players in a free market economy regulates the system, because it is not in their long-term self-interest to take advantage of consumers. The argument is predicated on a historically popular notion that human 'rationality' is wholly separate from, and superior to, the 'emotional' impulse, but fails to address modern neuroscientific arguments for the interconnectedness of the 'emotional' and 'rational' parts of the brain. The book challenges existing value judgments of self-interest, self-sacrifice, and the morality of business people, deeming them not selfish but heroic, saving less intellectually skilled workers from 'starv in hopeless ineptitude.' Overall, the principles of smaller government, with no subsidies at all, will appeal to libertarians, who view both parties as too liberal and the promotion of a 'government entitlement state' akin to socialist dictatorship. Agent: Laura Blake Peterson, Curtis Brown. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Very good and very informative . . . the beauty of Free Market Revolution is that it reminds readers that using the government to take care of your needs is no different than going next door to steal from your neighbor." —Forbes.com
Already a National Bestseller, in Free Market Revolution, the keepers of Ayn Rands legacy argue that the answer to our current economic woes lies not in "trickle-down government" but in Rand's inspiring philosophy of capitalism and self-interest—a philosophy that more and more people are turning to for answers. Here, Brook and Watkins explain how her ideas can solve a host of political and economic ills, including the debt crisis, looming inflation, anti-business regulation, and the swelling entitlement state. And most important, they show how Rands principles allow defenders of the free market to seize 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.
A look at how our current crises are caused by too much government, and how Ayn Rands 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 Rands 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, Rands 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 Rands 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.
About the Author
Yaron Brook is Executive Director of the Ayn Rand Institute. He has written for the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Investors Business Daily, and CNN.com, and appeared on The OReilly Factor, The Glenn Beck Show, On the Money, and Closing Bell, among others. A former finance professor at Santa Clara University, he is the co-writer with Don Watkins of a column on business and capitalism at Forbes.com
Don Watkins is a fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute and the co-writer with Yaron Brook of a column on business and capitalism at Forbes.com. He appears regularly on radio and TV, and his op-eds have appeared in such venues as Investor's Business Daily, The Christian Science Monitor, FoxNews.com, and Forbes.
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