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Andrew Bernstein discusses his book: The Capitalist Manifesto

The Capitalist Manifesto by Andrew Bernstein



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Andrew Bernstein

Heart of a Pagan

Topics covered include

  • Who was Sir George Houstoun Reid? Excerpts from Reid’s “Five Free Trade Essays”
  • Around the same time Reid wrote his book, Marx and Engels were writing the “Communist Manifesto”.  
  • What was odd about the “Communist Manifesto”?
  • Is the “Capitalist Manifesto” polemical? What kind of intellectual ammunition does it offer?
  • Dr. Bernstein’s approach in writing this book.
  • “One-stop shopping” for capitalism.
  • Capitalism as "The system of the Enlightenment" - even though that happened a century or so earlier.
  • Where did the terms "capitalist" and "capitalism" come from?
  • What is the proper name for “capitalism”, as derived from its origins in the Enlightenment?
  • The connection between human rights, freedom, and prosperity.
  • What do you need to get to a system of progress and prosperity?
  • What two aspects of human life did Enlightenment culture glorify?
  • What capitalism has done for the Arts.
  • What is the point of government according to the Enlightenment and pro Capitalism view?
  • What is ACTUALLY the central, foundational principle of the capitalist system?
  • Capitalism as the system of the mind.
  • Can there be slavery under capitalism?  Is slavery good for business?  Is slavery practical?
  • Under capitalism, do the rich get richer and the poor get poorer?
  • Why did Communism “work” as long as it did in the Soviet Union?
  • The inductive method and structure of “The Capitalist Manifesto”.
  • The nature of force and what is it good for.
  • What should and should not be privatized?
  • "The great disconnect” – the clash between the ethics that freedom demands versus the underlying moral idea that many people in the west accept; the mind-boggling destruction this “great disconnect” has wrought in the world. 

GuestsDr Andrew Bernstein


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