(From the Intellectual Ammunition section in Volume 19, No. 4 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!)
In recent issues we’ve reviewed and recommended two outstanding free e-books available through Students For Liberty (SFL): After the Welfare State and Why Liberty.
Now we’re pleased to suggest one more great SFL title to add to your ebook library.
The Morality of Capitalism: What Your Professors Won’t Tell You combines the writings of renowned economists, philosophers, historians, policy experts, and entrepreneurs from around the world to make the case that not only do free markets “deliver the goods,” but that true free market capitalism is a just and moral system.
It is clear and highly readable, suitable for students and non-students alike, for newcomers to free enterprise and libertarianism as well as longtime libertarians.
As SFL notes:
“As students for liberty, we are well-versed in defending the free market. Our opponents on campus constantly claim that markets are unfair, that capitalism is exploitative, that competition is inhumane, and that government control and redistribution are the solution to society’s problems. Every day we struggle to explain that a free society that embraces free exchange is the only way to create wealth, peace, and prosperity for all.
“Most people acknowledge, if only begrudgingly, that capitalism does produce considerable wealth and material well-being. But many feel torn between material prosperity on the one hand and living a moral life on the other. The self-interested pursuit of profit that is characteristic of a capitalistic system just doesn’t feel right to them.
“The task before us, then — if we wish to actualize the truly free social system that is laissez-faire capitalism — is to provide and defend its moral justification. We must convince fellow students that capitalism is not just the most efficient system, but a virtuous one as well.”
The Morality of Capitalism: What Your Professors Won’t Tell You makes that case, powerfully and convincingly.
Students For Liberty has distributed over 100,000 copies to students around the world since it was first made available.
You can learn more about The Morality of Capitalism: What Your Professors Won’t Tell here.
Download it as a FREE PDF ebook here.
Here’s the table of contents:
Introduction: The Morality of Capitalism by Tom G. Palmer
The History of a Word
Free-Market Capitalism vs. Crony Capitalism
Section I: The Virtues of Entrepreneurial Capitalism
- Interview with an Entrepreneur featuring John Mackey (Whole Foods CEO)
- Liberty and Dignity Explain the Modern World by Deirdre N. McCloskey
- Competition and Cooperation by David Boaz
- For-Profit Medicine and the Compassion Motive by Tom G. Palmer
Section II: Voluntary Interaction and Self-Interest
- The Paradox of Morality by Mao Yushi (Translated by Jude Blanchette)
- The Moral Logic of Equality and Inequality in Market Society by Leonid V. Nikonov
- Adam Smith and the Myth of Greed by Tom G. Palmer
- Ayn Rand and Capitalism: The Moral Revolution by David Kelley
Section III: The Production and Distribution of Wealth
- The Market Economy and the Distribution of Wealth by Ludwig Lachmann
- Political and Economic Freedoms Together Spawn Humanity’s Miracles by Temba A. Nolutshungu
Section IV: Globalizing Capitalism
- Global Capitalism and Justice by June Arunga
- Human Betterment through Globalization by Vernon Smith
- The Culture of Liberty by Mario Vargas Llosa
- A Little Further Reading for Fun and Profit (and Better School Papers) by Tom G. Palmer
The Morality of Capitalism: What Your Professors Won’t Tell You is published by SFL and the Atlas Network. We highly recommend it.
Student groups note: SFL offers a limited number of hard copies at no cost to student groups. You can learn more about that here.