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Free Market Revolution; How Ayn Rand's Ideas Can End Big Government

Free Market Revolution; How Ayn Rand's Ideas Can End Big Government

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A 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. 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 pioneering philosophy of capitalism and self-interest –a philosophy that more and more people are turning to for answers. In the past few years, Rand’s 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 Rand’s 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.
A 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. 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 pioneering philosophy of capitalism and self-interest –a philosophy that more and more people are turning to for answers. In the past few years, Rand’s 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 Rand’s 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.

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free market revolution
Copyright ©, Ayn Rand Institute, 2012.All rights reserved.First published in 2012 by PALGRAVE MACMILLAN® in the United States—adivision o St. Martin’s Press LLC, 175 Fith Avenue, New York, NY 10010.Where this book is distributed in the UK, Europe and the rest o the world, this isby Palgrave Macmillan, a division o Macmillan Publishers Limited, registered inEngland, company number 785998, o Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG216XS.Palgrave Macmillan is the global academic imprint o the above companies and hascompanies and representatives throughout the world.Palgrave® and Macmillan® are registered trademarks in the United States, theUnited Kingdom, Europe and other countries.ISBN: 978-0-230-34169-2Library o Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataBrook, Yaron.Free market revolution : how Ayn Rand’s ideas can end big government / by Yaron Brook and Don Watkins.p. cm.Includes index.ISBN 978-0-230-34169-21. Free enterprise. 2. Capitalism. 3. Sel-interest. 4. Rand, Ayn. I. Watkins, Don,1982– II. Title.HB95.B76 2012330.12’2—dc232012002899A catalogue record o the book is available rom the British Library.Design by Letra Libre Inc.First edition: September 201210 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1Printed in the United States o America.Note: Some material rom chapter 1 has appeared in a somewhat dierent ormin the journal
The Objective Standard.
Material rom chapters 7, 9, and 12 hasappeared in a somewhat dierent orm in the authors’ Forbes.com column,
The Objectivist.
 
Contents
Acknowledgments 
xi
 
Introduction 1
Part Ithe Problem
1
The Incredible Unshrinking Government 7
The Wealth o Free Nations 
, 9
Why the Last Swing to the Right Failed 
, 12
Conclusion: The Situation Today 
, 16
2
Why Government Grows 19
The Least Controversial Idea 
, 21
The Argument rom Greed and the Argument  rom Need 
, 26
Conclusion: A Moral Crisis 
, 35
3
With Friends Like These . . . 39
Free Marketers versus the Market 
, 40
The Right’s Crusade or Big Government 
, 44
Conclusion: In Search o a Deense o “More,” 
46

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