The Unknown Ideal (50th Anniversary Edition)

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Written by: Robert Hessen

Mass Market Paperback
Additional Formats
  • Mass Market Paperback
  • ISBN 9780451147950
  • 416 Pages
  • Signet
  • Adult


The foundations of capitalism are being battered by a flood of altruism, which is the cause of the modern world’s collapse. This is the view of Ayn Rand, a view so radically opposed to prevailing attitudes that it constitutes a major philosophic revolution. In this series of essays, she presents her stand on the persecution of big business, the causes of war, the default of conservatism, and the evils of altruism. Here is a challenging new look at modern society by one of the most provocative intellectuals on the American scene.
This edition includes two articles by Ayn Rand that did not appear in the hardcover edition: “The Wreckage of the Consensus,” which presents the Objectivists’ views on Vietnam and the draft; and “Requiem for Man,” an answer to the Papal encyclical Progresso Populorum.


Written by: Ayn Rand, Written by: Nathaniel Branden, Written by: Alan Greenspan, Written by: Robert Hessen


“One of the most revolutionary and powerful works on capitalism—and on politics—that has ever been published.”—Professor Leonard Peikoff, Barron’s magazine

Table of Contents


Theory and History

1. What Is Capitalism? – Ayn Rand
2. The Roots of War – Ayn Rand
3. America’s Persecuted Minority: Big Business – Ayn Rand
4. Antitrust – Alan Greenspan5. Common Fallacies About Capitalism – Nathaniel Branden
6. Gold and Economic Freedom – Alan Greenspan
7. Notes on the History of American Free Enterprise – Ayn Rand
8. The Effects of the Industrial Revolution on Women and Children – Robert Hessen
9. The Assault on Integrity – Alan Greenspan
10. The Property Status of Airwaves – Ayn Rand
11. Patents and Copyrights – Ayn Rand
12. Theory and Practice – Ayn Rand
13. Let Us Alone! – Ayn Rand
Current State
14. The Anatomy of Compromise – Ayn Rand
15. Is Atlas Shrugging? – Ayn Rand
16. The Pull Peddlers – Ayn Rand
17. “Extremism,” or the Art of Smearing – Ayn Rand
18. The Obliteration of Capitalism – Ayn Rand
19. Conservatism: An Obituary – Ayn Rand
20. The New Fascism: Rule by Consensus – Ayn Rand
21. The Wreckage of the Consensus – Ayn Rand
22. The Cashing-in: The Student Rebellion – Ayn Rand
23. Alienation – Nathaniel Branden
24. Requiem for Man – Ayn Rand
Man’s Rights – Ayn Rand
The Nature of Government – Ayn Rand
Recommended Bibliography