Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand’s Ideas Can End Big Government
A game-changing 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.
“Free Market Revolution will raise the ire of every statist, socialist and crony capitalist. Rand understood–as do the authors of this all-too-timely book–that free markets are, indeed, moral while Big Government is manifestly not.” –Steve Forbes
“A powerful and unapologetic case in support of capitalism. For those who think more government will solve our nation’s problems, Free Market Revolution will open your eyes. For those who can already see the light, it will sharpen your vision.” –Peter Schiff
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 inspiring philosophy of capitalism and self-interest–a philosophy that more and more people are turning to for answers.
Here, Yaron Brook and Don Watkins explain how Rand’s ideas can solve a host of political and economic ills, including the debt crisis, inflation, anti-business regulation, and the swelling welfare state. And most important, they show how Rand’s philosophy can enable 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.
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“Free Market Revolution is a potential game-changer. Brook and Watkins dismantle the myth that free markets are responsible for today’s ills, and they teach us how to take the moral high ground in the fight against Big Government. If there are any Occupiers left, this book should make them lay down their signs in surrender. Anyone who wants to understand why we have strayed so far from the Founders’ ideals, and how we can find our way back, should read this book.” –Mallory Factor
In Free Market Revolution you will discover:
- Why, no matter who we elect or which party is in charge, does government keep getting bigger?
- Why do businessmen and free markets take the blame for every problem and every crisis?
- Why, when a new government program is passed or a new control imposed, is it so hard to repeal?
- Why is America suddenly talking about Ayn Rand, a writer who died thirty years ago?
- Why have previous revolts against Big Government failed–and how can today’s Tea Party rebellion succeed?
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Table of Contents
- 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 Need and the Argument from Greed
- Conclusion: A Moral Crisis
- With Friends Like These . . .
- Free Marketers vs. 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
- 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
- A New 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
- Conclusion: Markets Are Moral
- The Dynamism of the Market
- The Division of Labor
- 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