Radicals for Capitalism: A Freewheeling History of the Modern American Libertarian Movement by Brian Doherty | 9781586485726 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Radicals for Capitalism: A Freewheeling History of the Modern American Libertarian Movement

Radicals for Capitalism: A Freewheeling History of the Modern American Libertarian Movement

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by Brian Doherty
     
 

ISBN-10: 1586485725

ISBN-13: 9781586485726

Pub. Date: 05/26/2008

Publisher: PublicAffairs

On Wall Street, in the culture of high tech, in American government: Libertarianism—the simple but radical idea that the only purpose of government is to protect its citizens and their property against direct violence and threat— has become an extremely influential strain of thought. But while many books talk about libertarian ideas, none until now

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On Wall Street, in the culture of high tech, in American government: Libertarianism—the simple but radical idea that the only purpose of government is to protect its citizens and their property against direct violence and threat— has become an extremely influential strain of thought. But while many books talk about libertarian ideas, none until now has explored the history of this uniquely American movement—where and who it came from, how it evolved, and what impact it has had on our country.

In this revelatory book, based on original research and interviews with more than 100 key sources, Brian Doherty traces the evolution of the movement through the unconventional life stories of its most influential leaders— Ludwig von Mises, F.A. Hayek, Ayn Rand, Murray Rothbard, and Milton Friedman—and through the personal battles, character flaws, love affairs, and historical events that altered its course. And by doing so, he provides a fascinating new perspective on American history—from the New Deal through the culture wars of the 1960s to today's most divisive political issues. Neither an exposé nor a political polemic, this entertaining historical narrative will enlighten anyone interested in American politics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781586485726
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Publication date:
05/26/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
752
Sales rank:
470,321
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 2.00(d)

Table of Contents


Introduction: Reviving an American Radical Tradition     1
Patriots, Unterrified Jeffersonians, and Superfluous Men     21
Austrian Roadblocks on the Road to Serfdom     67
The Three Furies of Libertarianism     113
Fighting for the Freedom Philosophy     149
Objectivism, Anarcho-Capitalism, and the Effects of Psychedelics on Faith and Freedom     225
The Goldwater Movement, the Objectivist Crackup, and the Hippies of the Right     291
Libertarian Zionism, the Koch Bubble, and America's Third Largest Political Party     389
A Mainstreamed Radicalism     445
The Twilight of the Libertarian Gods     537
Epilogue: An Eternal Revolution     573
Notes     621
Selected Bibliography     715
Acknowledgments     719
Index     723

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