Capitalism In Atlas Shurrged Essay

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Capitalism in Atlas Shrugged “Capitalism demands the best of every man – his rationality – and rewards him accordingly. It leaves every man free to choose the work he likes, to specialize in it, to trade his product for the products of others, and to go as far on the road of achievement as his ability and ambition will carry him.”¹ The textbook theory of capitalism that is taught at schools is that consumers will buy based on preference and that products will exist based on the needs of the people. But what is often left out of the schoolroom is the force required to ensure that capitalism and by extension freedom still exist. As Ayn Rand explains in her novel Atlas Shrugged, It is not the government that makes capitalism work or even lack of it, Moreover the want and the need for people to feel free and not bound by chains. Capitalism as it is defined right now is wrong. It should not be defined as a economic policy or as a govermental theory, nor as a social contract or giving up rights for the benefit of all becouse it is exactly the oppisite. Capitalism is about the freedom of choice and the freedom to know that 2+2 is equal to 4. It is about the given right to be able to study interests and to be allowed to share with the world yourself. Before I go on let me define schoolbook capitalism a little further. Our modern theory of capitalism relys on three basic assumptions and principles, All but one of which is counter intuitive. Rule number one states that mankind is a competive being and will fight amongst themselves for the best of the best. Now while this is true to a degree it should be noted that this is counterproductive to mans needs. In a perfect capitalistic society based on the individual no one will ever fight nor need to as everyone whould be understanding of his or her fellow.

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