Free Market Revolution by Yaron Brook and Don Watkins
Free Market Revolution by Yaron Brook and Don Watkins is an absolutely brilliant and important work from the Executive Director of the Ayn Rand Institute (Yaron Brook) and a Fellow at the same institute (Don Watkins).
The early chapters were slow reading for me and I can only right that off to me being a huge Ayn Rand fan having read and studied all her books over the last 30 years. Due to this I think early chapters of this book were a good modern review of some of her ideas but maybe too much review for me. By the time I got into the final chapters (11-14) I simply couldn’t put this book down. The authors’ discussion of regulation, entitlements, healthcare, Obamacare, and today’s current political system are brilliant and right on the mark.
Their modern explanation of Ayn Rand’s key philosophical foundations are absolutely wonderful and accessible. Many familiar with Ayn’s lifetime works would benefit from this discussion and deepen their understanding. The authors’ treatment of the Altruism, Statist, Collectivist axis and how it is completely incompatible with Individual liberty and free market systems and completely immoral, is excellent. They also dive into how altruism is assumed to be moral and of higher ground while in reality is immoral and worse is the Achilles heel that the statist, collectivist, and progressives use to coerce and force their immoral agenda from the days of our founding to present. They point out that only way to correct this is to take that argument head on and show how the altruism, collectivist, statist premise is completely destructive and immoral. Additionally to show how rational self-interest is truly the moral opposite and key to our system based on individual liberty, rule of law and free market capitalism. The United States never fully achieved this level of freedom but our attempt got closer to this idea than any country in the history of the world. And of course the results were magnificent.
This book is brilliant, important, and certainly a must read book for our times as our system and freedoms are in grave danger of being lost to tyranny. So as usual Hit The Books, They Don’t Hit Back!