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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.
Paperback, 500 pages
Published July 21st 2005 by University Press of America
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José Antonio Lopez
Sep 10, 2013 José Antonio Lopez rated it really liked it
I mostly enjoyed Bernstein well supported case in defense of the Creative Minds and the Inventive Period. History has condemned the most productive minds of the XIX century. As humans, they were not perfect but sure were no "Robber Barrons". As productive geniuses we should take their example of the only proven way to quickly improve living standards for all.

The Inventive Period and its creative minds are the setting to explain the philosophical virtues of capitalism.

Highly recommended book for
Jeffrey Falk
Aug 20, 2014 Jeffrey Falk rated it really liked it
While not quite exhaustive, characteristically overoptimistic (despite the culture's successive lurches away from capitalism for over a century), and downplaying the statism of the present-day United States and its disastrous effects, Dr. Bernstein has crafted an integrated, powerful, compelling argument in favor of capitalism penetrating its deepest philosophic roots and adducing its status as the political-economic system of the human mind. It is teeming with fascinating facts and anecdotes (f ...more
Jul 05, 2016 Rob rated it it was amazing
In honor of July 4th, I decided to re-read this, one of the best defenses of the free market ever. I first read this book in college, and I credit Andrew Bernstein from saving me from a life of statism and government dependence (or worse still, a government job). Bernstein is optimistic about the future of this country and its economic system, sometimes in the face of a decline in our global competitiveness and encroaching socialism/government intervention, but the core of the book is a well-wri ...more
Ash Ryan
In this phenomenal work, Dr. Bernstein not only provides an abundance of factual information demonstrating the economic and moral superiority of capitalism, he also lays out the introductory framework of the philosophical theory that explains it. He begins by putting the advent of capitalism in its proper historical perspective, and includes chapters explaining the economic theory behind its enormous practical success as well as refuting common (yet clearly silly, after Dr. Bernstein is through ...more
Mar 04, 2014 Jill rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, econ
This one took me about 5 months to plough through, but it was well worth the effort. Bernstein writes a very well-researched argument about why capitalism is successful and why communism and statism are miserable failures. He argues his case without too much emotion, which helps his credibility, but really, any idiot could look at history and see that communism/statism/socialism are the best ways to crash your economy and make your people miserable. The most incredible thing is that despite hist ...more
A capitalist manifesto indeed

The Capitalist Manifesto is an impressive work of support and knowledge on capitalism's history, accomplishments and philosophical basis. Bernstein accomplished a great job detailing and explaining the morality capitalism and why a free society is a capitalist society.The book is also debunking economic and historical myths about capitalism and how the mess created and the poverty engendered by statism shouldn't be blamed - as it is generally the case today - on capi
Garret Seinen
Jan 28, 2011 Garret Seinen rated it really liked it
This book is a non numerical tool for all those people who support capitalism from a political point of view rather than an economic one. There are plenty of good books describing the economic benefits of capitalism but few indeed that do justice to capitalism's moral superiority over all forms of statist political systems. He documents the historical record and points out where the distorted view we've come to accept originated, then proves that the accepted history of capitalism's evils have b ...more
Sep 22, 2008 Jim rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Any Honest Person
Recommended to Jim by: A review in The Freeman magazine
A wonderful historical and intellectual adventure! This book is a worthy follow-up to the works of Ayn Rand, from which it borrows much. In today's world which is declining into Socialism, it is very heartening to see this clear and comprehensive introduction to the only true system that has ever led Mankind to a higher standard of living and happiness, Capitalism.
Ken Parsell
Apr 02, 2011 Ken Parsell rated it it was amazing
Shelves: philosophy, economics
The most consistent, solid and understandable explanation of capitalism I have read. Andrew Bernstein's "The Capitalist Manifesto" defends capitalism historically, economically, philosophically, and morally. The true essence of capitalism is often a highly tense and confusing subject, that is, until one reads this book.
Jan 11, 2009 Tony rated it it was amazing
"Being poor means that one has no money, not that one has no brains."
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A history of capitalism.
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