Author Archive | Andrew Bernstein

Humans Must Choose Egoism: An Excerpt from Andrew Bernstein's Captalist Solutions

An excerpt from Chapter 1: The Relevant Principles of Objectivism from Andrew Bernstein’s book Capitalist Solutions: A Philosophy of American Moral Dilemmas.   A key original principle of Objectivism that will repeatedly emerge in this book is the identity of the moral and the practical. What is morally right is practically efficacious—and, conversely, what is […]

Capitalist Solutions: Resolving America's Problems

An excerpt from the Introduction to Andrew Bernstein’s forthcoming book  Capitalist Solutions: A Philosophy of American Moral Dilemmas. Reprinted in Capitalism Magazine by permission of the author.   To be blunt, the United States faces enormous challenges as it enters the second decade of the twenty-first century. Environmentalism and its claim of pernicious man-made global […]

The Purpose of Memorial Day: Honoring Virtue

Memorial Day is a solemn and sad occasion honoring the American soldiers who gave their lives in war. But it is also a hallowed day–because the values those men fought to defend form the essence of our country: freedom and the rights of the individual. The United States has never fought a war of conquest. […]

Bush and Congress Should Lift Environmental Restrictions on Energy Production

With American consumers currently paying the highest gasoline prices in recent history, and after another winter of high heating costs, many Americans are properly concerned about America’s energy future. Predictably, many politicians and commentators blame the “greed” of U.S. energy companies for the soaring prices. The truth, however, is that prices rise when demand increases […]

The Destitution of Pre-Capitalist Europe

An excerpt from Capitalism Magazine’s Book of the Year for 2005, The Capitalist Manifesto : The Historic, Economic and Philosophic Case for Laissez-Faire by Andrew Bernstein. Prior to the advent of industrial capitalism (in roughly the 1760s) the lot of the English working class was generally miserable. Utter destitution was rampant, literal starvation not uncommon […]

The Capitalist Manifesto: What is Capitalism?

An excerpt from Capitalism Magazine’s Book of the Year for 2005, The Capitalist Manifesto : The Historic, Economic and Philosophic Case for Laissez-Faire by Andrew Bernstein. A proper understanding of capitalism is sorely lacking among current politicians, intellectuals and even the American people, who generally support it. In order to gain such understanding, it is […]

Villainy: An Analysis of the Nature of Evil (Part 5 of 5)

This brings us to the third suspect in the philosophical lineup: the collectivists. Collectivism is the political theory that states that the will of the people is omnipotent, an individual must obey; that society as a whole, not the individual, is the unit of moral value. Altruism demands that an individual serve others, but doesn’t […]

Villainy: An Analysis of the Nature of Evil (Part 4 of 5)

The essence of religion is that God is the creator and governor of reality. Man must serve God. Human thinking is subordinated to God’s will, reason is rejected in favor of faith, unquestioning obedience to authority is demanded and independent thinkers run the risk of being burned at the stake. Religion does attack the mind; […]

Villainy: An Analysis of the Nature of Evil (Part 3 of 5)

In analyzing the means by which evil men gain the power to destroy, the question can be raised: Is there some deeper theory that underlies the ethics of sacrifice and gives rise to it? Let’s go back to our three examples and see if they share something deeper in common. The Mafia gangster, the cynical […]

Villainy: An Analysis of the Nature of Evil (Part 1 of 5)

Let us begin with three examples. First, a Mafia gangster tries to intimidate a series of merchants along 86th Street in Brooklyn into paying him “protection money.” The leader of the merchants refuses, and the others waver; the leader wants them to stand up to the gangster and protect what is rightfully theirs. The gangster’s […]

Global Capitalism: The Solution to World Oppression and Poverty (Part 3 of 3)

The freedom of the capitalist countries has created the most upwardly mobile societies of history, with hundreds of millions of human beings currently enjoying middle class comforts — people whose ancestors were poor just one or two centuries ago, or, in some cases, just decades ago. Further, according to the U.S. government, the poverty threshold […]

The Capitalist Manifesto: The Great Disconnect

Below is an excerpt from Andrew Bernstein’s The Capitalist Mainfesto. Here are the most important facts: The capitalist revolution began in Great Britain in the late-18th century. Since that time, the capitalist nations have been the freest countries of history. In Western (and now parts of Eastern) Europe, in the United States, in Japan, Hong […]

Lance Armstrong’s Heroism Is a Moral Inspiration

When Lance Armstrong rode through Paris on Sunday, crowning his unprecedented seventh consecutive victory in the grueling Tour de France, he put an exclamation mark on what is more than merely an extraordinary athletic career. By this time, the entire world knows Armstrong’s story–his remarkable recovery from what was feared to be terminal cancer, his […]

Honoring Virtue on Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a solemn and sad occasion honoring the American soldiers who lost their lives in war. But it is also a hallowed day–because the values those men fought to defend form the essence of our country: freedom and the rights of the individual. The United States has never fought a war of conquest. […]