The Capitalist Manifesto

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The Capitalist Manifesto : The Historic, Economic and Philosophic Case for Laissez-Faire is a book by Objectivist philosopher Andrew Bernstein published in 2005. The Capitalist Manifesto defends capitalism as the world's most moral and practical social system. This book is "written for the rational mind, whether the reader is a professional intellectual or an intelligent layman. It makes the case for individual rights and freedom in terms intelligible to all rational men." Bernstein has written several other books, including Heart of a Pagan.

Overview

The book's topics include:

Part One: History

  • Chapter One: What is Capitalism?
  • Chapter Two: The Pre-Capitalist Political-Economic Systems
  • Chapter Three: The Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution
  • Chapter Four: The Industrial Revolution Brings Advance
  • Chapter Five: The Inventive Period

Part Two: Philosophy

  • Chapter Six: The Nature of the Good
  • Chapter Seven: The Mind as Man’s Instrument of Survival
  • Chapter Eight: Capitalism as the Embodiment of Rational Philosophical Principles

Part Three: Polemics

  • Chapter Nine: War and Imperialism
  • Chapter Ten: Slavery

Part Four: Economics

  • Chapter Eleven: The Great Laboratory
  • Chapter Twelve: Capitalism as the Economic System of the Mind
  • Chapter Thirteen: Refuting the Economic Fallacies About Capitalism


Quote

"The key to explaining capitalism's unparalleled economic success is dual: to show that it alone is the system that guarantees individual liberties, and to demonstrate that political liberty is an indispensable requirement of man's life on earth."

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