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For years, we’ve been taught that capitalism is good for freedom. Dominant right-wing talk radio hosts to this day recommend “libertarian” classics like Hayek’s Road to Serfdom and Friedman’s Capitalism and Freedom that claim markets free us, and this picture still dominates the schools and the political spectrum. Well get bent, one percent, because Rob Larson’s Capitalism vs. Freedom: The Toll Road to Serfdom puts big business under a microscope. This book debunks the conservative classics while demonstrating that the marketplace has its own great centers of power, which the libertarian tradition itself claims is a limit to freedom. In fact, Larson illustrates how capitalism fails both this and other concepts of human liberty, not just failing to establish a right to a share of society’s production, but also leaving us subject to the great power plays of the one percent’s corporate property.

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Genre: Business & Economics
Author: Rob Larson
Publisher: John Hunt Publishing
Release: 2018-06-29
File: 248 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781785357343

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For years, we’ve been taught that capitalism is good for freedom. Dominant right-wing talk radio hosts to this day recommend “libertarian” classics like Hayek’s Road to Serfdom and Friedman’s Capitalism and Freedom that claim markets free us, and this picture still dominates the schools and the political spectrum. Well get bent, one percent, because Rob Larson’s Capitalism vs. Freedom: The Toll Road to Serfdom puts big business under a microscope. This book debunks the conservative classics while demonstrating that the marketplace has its own great centers of power, which the libertarian tradition itself claims is a limit to freedom. In fact, Larson illustrates how capitalism fails both this and other concepts of human liberty, not just failing to establish a right to a share of society’s production, but also leaving us subject to the great power plays of the one percent’s corporate property.

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Genre: Business & Economics
Author: Rob Larson
Publisher: John Hunt Publishing
Release: 2018-06-29
File: 248 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781785357343

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A single-handed debunking of libertarian economics and "the age of Friedman".

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Genre: Business & Economics
Author: Rob Larson
Publisher: Zero Books
Release: 2018-05-31
File: 248 Pages
ISBN-13: 1785357336

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Examines the nature of the relationship which exists between a society based on competitive capitalism and the political and economic freedoms of its citizens

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Genre: Business & Economics
Author: Milton Friedman
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press
Release: 1962
File: 202 Pages
ISBN-13: 0226264017

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This remarkable, expansive text, explores the impact and ramifications this domineering economic phenomenon has had over our personal and social liberties. In this epoch of capitalist globalisation, Peter Nolan argues that capitalist freedom is a two-edged sword, and its contradictions have intensified, threatening the natural environment, and intensifying global inequality.

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Genre: Political Science
Author: Peter Nolan
Publisher: Anthem Press
Release: 2008-10-01
File: 358 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780857286932

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Milton Friedman was arguably the single most influential economist of the 20th-century. His influence, particularly on conservative politics in America and Great Britain, substantially helped – as both supporters and critics agree – to shape the global economy as it is today. Capitalism and Freedom (1962) is a passionate but carefully reasoned summary of Friedman’s philosophy of political and economic freedom, and it has become perhaps his most directly influential work. Friedman’s argument focuses on the place of economic liberalism in society: in his view, free markets and personal economic freedom are absolutely necessary for true political freedom to exist. Freedom, for Friedman, is the ultimate good in a society – the marker and aim of true civilisation. And, crucially, he argues, real freedom is rarely aided by government. For Friedman, indeed, “the great advances of civilization, whether in architecture or painting, in science or literature, in industry or agriculture, have never come from centralized government”. Instead, he argues, they have always been produced by “minority views” flourishing in a social climate permitting variety and diversity.” In successive chapters, Friedman develops a well-structured line of reasoning emerging from this stance – leading him to some surprising conclusions that remain persuasive and influential more than 60 years on.

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Genre: Business & Economics
Author: Sulaiman Hakemy
Publisher: CRC Press
Release: 2017-07-05
File: 96 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781351352055

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The spirit of freedom is a burning passion to live unrestrained.This book is a collection of thought provoking ideas, comments and essays covering certain aspects of political and economic history and what can be expected the future.The American Dream started with the landing of the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock in 1620. The American way of life is the result of subsequent events that built the greatest economic engine in the history of the world. In 2012, there is substantial evidence to suggest America is sliding back. Hopefully, this book will help stem the tide.Individualism and collectivism are forever a concern in society. The purpose of this book is to contrast those subtle and not so subtle differences.In 1952, Leonard E. Read wrote:"Man is an individual being. Man is also a social being. His material success even his existence depends on the progress of others. Yet, man's fortunes and existence depend also on himself. In some respects he is tied to others, but in most respects he must be freed from others.Defining this relationship between man and his fellow-men, discovering precisely where man should act socially and where he should act individually, has been a challenge throughout the ages. And the solution, if it has been found, is not well known in our times.Today, all over the world in America as elsewhere the social side of man is being emphasized to the detriment of man's individual side. Nothing on this earth but understanding and the clear explanation of such understanding can erase this twentieth-century catastrophe." The foregoing description is as valid today as it was in 1952 and earlier. The common thread of events is consistent and has repeated itself throughout history. We hope to clarify that common thread and enable readers to recognize the differences that affect their lives and the lives of the generations of children that follow.ABOUT THE TITLE:Living FREE refers to Liberty (Freedom) or Individualism, which is the political philosophy or ideology stressing independence and self-reliance. Individualists choose to realize their goals and desires on their own terms without external interference from government or others. FREE Living refers to Power (Force) or Collectivism, which stresses human interdependence based on a group or common interest collective. The importance of separate individuals is subservient to the interests of the group with an emphasis on community and society with priority given to group goals over individual goals.According to Kenneth A. Wells, Author of Guide to Good Leadership, "A good listener tries to understand what the other person is saying. In the end he may disagree sharply, but because he disagrees, he wants to know exactly what it is he is disagreeing with." So it is with this book for its readers.Our world is built on differences of opinion. Once again, one should understand what one is disagreeing with. Can you imagine what life would be like if everyone had the same thoughts and opinions? Success and failure is the Miracle-Gro(r) food of life that makes society stronger. Competition makes us better people, fosters better businesses and ultimately, enhances the lives of our families. If future generations understand the importance of individual liberty and free enterprise, they too can better enrich themselves and their families. The unique opportunity and rewards of free enterprise present the poor with an opportunity to join the wealthy. Few countries in the world offer such rewards for hard work.This book simplifies some of the issues, but is deep enough to challenge conservatives and liberals alike.Finally, the message and story line of this book is: Capitalism always wins and socialism always fails. That is the natural way of things and how life is meant to be. Don't fight the Free Enterprise Market Economy and regulate it to achieve a level playing field if you must, but for the economic good of society ... embrace it!

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Author: Rod Miller
Publisher: CreateSpace
Release: 2013-06-25
File: 378 Pages
ISBN-13: 1479223395

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Genre: Anarchism
Author: David D. Friedman
Publisher:
Release: 1973
File: 239 Pages
ISBN-13: UOM:39015002728247

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Many books have been written about the success of the West, analyzing why Europe was able to pull ahead of the rest of the world by the end of the Middle Ages. The most common explanations cite the West’s superior geography, commerce, and technology. Completely overlooked is the fact that faith in reason, rooted in Christianity’s commitment to rational theology, made all these developments possible. Simply put, the conventional wisdom that Western success depended upon overcoming religious barriers to progress is utter nonsense. In The Victory of Reason, Rodney Stark advances a revolutionary, controversial, and long overdue idea: that Christianity and its related institutions are, in fact, directly responsible for the most significant intellectual, political, scientific, and economic breakthroughs of the past millennium. In Stark’s view, what has propelled the West is not the tension between secular and nonsecular society, nor the pitting of science and the humanities against religious belief. Christian theology, Stark asserts, is the very font of reason: While the world’s other great belief systems emphasized mystery, obedience, or introspection, Christianity alone embraced logic and reason as the path toward enlightenment, freedom, and progress. That is what made all the difference. In explaining the West’s dominance, Stark convincingly debunks long-accepted “truths.” For instance, by contending that capitalism thrived centuries before there was a Protestant work ethic–or even Protestants–he counters the notion that the Protestant work ethic was responsible for kicking capitalism into overdrive. In the fifth century, Stark notes, Saint Augustine celebrated theological and material progress and the institution of “exuberant invention.” By contrast, long before Augustine, Aristotle had condemned commercial trade as “inconsistent with human virtue”–which helps further underscore that Augustine’s times were not the Dark Ages but the incubator for the West’s future glories. This is a sweeping, multifaceted survey that takes readers from the Old World to the New, from the past to the present, overturning along the way not only centuries of prejudiced scholarship but the antireligious bias of our own time. The Victory of Reason proves that what we most admire about our world–scientific progress, democratic rule, free commerce–is largely due to Christianity, through which we are all inheritors of this grand tradition.

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Genre: History
Author: Rodney Stark
Publisher: Random House
Release: 2007-12-18
File: 304 Pages
ISBN-13: 158836500X

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This book hinges upon ideas and discourses variously known under labels such as “Mercantilism” and “Cameralism”. Often viewed as antithesis of capitalism, inclusive institutions and good economy in the “West”, this book re-assembles them and builds them into a coherent origin story of modern capitalism. It explores the field of intellectual and conceptual history, especially the history of Renaissance and Mercantilism in a longer history of capitalism. Rather than hindrances, the author argues that Mercantilist and Cameralist political economies presented essential stepping stones of modern capitalism, in Britain and beyond. This book will be of interest to academics and students in general economic history, the history of capitalism, economic development and the history of economic thought.

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Genre: Business & Economics
Author: Philipp Robinson Rössner
Publisher: Springer Nature
Release: 2020-11-13
File: 175 Pages
ISBN-13: 9783030533090

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