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The Capitalist Manifesto, by Andrew Bernstein
radio interview with Andrew Bernstein by Prodos
This interview provides a basic and thorough introduction to the modern concept of liberty. The actual interview begins about 8 minutes and 20 seconds into this streaming audio. Prodos, the interviewer, offers a number of excellent interviews on his website.
An eight minute introduction by Prodos, including a description of services offered by which he supports these online radio shows:
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?
The interview with Dr. Bernstein begins here (at about 8:20):
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.