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Defending the Free Market: The Moral Case for a Free Economy

Defending the Free Market: The Moral Case for a Free Economy

by Robert SiricoRobert Sirico
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Thirty years ago, the economic system of the Soviet empire—socialism—seemed definitively discredited. Today, the most popular figures in the Democratic Party embrace it, while the shapers of public opinion treat capitalism as morally indefensible.
Is there a moral case for capitalism? Consumerism is an appalling spectacle. Free markets may be efficient, but are they fair? Aren’t there some things that we can’t afford to leave to the vicissitudes of the market?

Robert Sirico, a onetime leftist, shows how a free economy—including private property, legally enforceable contracts, and prices and interest rates freely agreed to by the parties to a transaction—is the best way to meet society’s material needs. In fact, the free market has lifted millions out of dire poverty—far more people than state welfare or private charity has ever rescued from want.

But efficiency isn’t its only virtue. Economic freedom is indispensable for the other freedoms we prize. And it’s not true that it makes things more important than people—just the reverse. Only if we have economic rights can we protect ourselves from government encroachment into the most private areas of our lives—including our consciences.

Defending the Free Market is a powerful vindication of capitalism and a timely warning for a generation flirting with disaster.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596983250
Publisher: Regnery Publishing
Publication date: 05/22/2012
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Rev. Robert Sirico, the co-founder of the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty, has been active in public policy affairs for more than thirty years. He lectures throughout the United States and around the world, and his writings have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, National Review, the Financial Times, Crisis, and the New York Times.

Table of Contents

Introduction The End of Freedom? 1

Chapter 1 A Leftist Undone 9

Chapter 2 Why You Can't Have Freedom without a Free Economy 25

Chapter 3 Want to Help the Poor? Start a Business 45

Chapter 4 Why the "Creative Destruction" of Capitalism Is More Creative than Destructive 65

Chapter 5 Why Greed Is Not Good-and Why You Can Get More of It with Socialism than with Capitalism 81

Chapter 6 The Idol of Equality 99

Chapter 7 Why Smart Charity Works-and Welfare Doesn't 115

Chapter 8 The Health of Nations: Why State-Sponsored Health Care Is Not Compassionate 133

Chapter 9 Caring for the Environment Doesn't Have to Mean Big Government 153

Chapter 10 A Theology for Economic Man 169

Afterword 185

Acknowledgments 189

Notes 191

Index 205

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