This solid work is a real contribution to understanding the philosophical, moral, and economic underpinnings of capitalism. Its underlying theme is that the mind is man’s tool of survival and that the mind requires freedom. Bernstein’s well-written book persuasively argues that capitalism rests on a sound moral foundation. (Read more...)
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“We certainly need more books like this.” – Younkins
Of course, we have such a book: Capitalism and Commerce by what’s-his-name. C&C covers almost every conceivable issue related to the fundamentals in philosophy, economics, and law relating to capitalism. Each chapter is virtually a review article with ample references at the end for a full study. In essence this is a condensation of knowledge of hundreds of books and articles to orient the student of capitalism or for a delightful review for those familiar with the subject. As soon as I finish C&C, I'll move on to Bernstein's book. After all, if the author of C&C is impressed, that says something.
Actually, I've already purchased a copy of Tibor's book as well as Liberty and Nature by Rasmussen and Den Uyl, both from the references in your book. So you've made a sale for these fine scholars. Thanks.
I wrote my review based on the penultimate draft of The Capitalist Manifesto. Since then, the material has been reorganized and the final book has four main sections rather than three: (1) History; (2) Philosophy; (3) Polemics; and (4) Economics. All of the material is still there.
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