Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal
Ayn Rand


In this series of essays, Ayn Rand presents her stand on the persecution of big business, the causes of war, the default of conservatism, and the evils of altruism.

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. Here is a challenging new look at modern society by one of the most provocative intellectuals on the American scene.

This book was published originally in 1966, and revised by Rand in 1967. 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.

Paperback, 416pp
Signet Books (mass market edition), 1986 (1966, rev.1967)
ISBN 9780451147950


AYN RAND (1905-1982), born Alisa Rosenbaum in St. Petersburg, Russia, emigrated to America with her family in January 1926, never to return to her native land. Her novel The Fountainhead was published in 1943 and eventually became a bestseller.

Still occasionally working as a screenwriter, Rand moved to New York City in 1951 and published Atlas Shrugged in 1957. Her novels espoused what came to be called Objectivism, a philosophy that champions capitalism and the pre-eminence of the individual.