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Andrew Bernstein

Andrew Bernstein holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Graduate School of the City University of New York. He has taught Philosophy at many New York universities and was selected as “Teacher of the Year” at both SUNY Purchase and Marymount College. He lectures regularly on college campuses, including at Harvard University, Stanford University, the University of Chicago, Yale University, the United States Military Academy at West Point, Columbia University, and numerous others. Internationally, he has lectured in Israel, England, Belgium, Norway, Guatemala, and additional countries. His areas of expertise include Objectivism, Ayn Rand’s novels, the nature of heroism, the history of capitalism and its moral superiority to other systems, and application of the principle of individual rights to a broad array of topical issues, including health care, abortion, gun ownership, immigration, and the war on drugs.

He is the author of The Capitalist Manifesto: The Historic, Economic, and Philosophic Case for Laissez-Faire (University Press of America, 2005), Objectivism in One Lesson: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Ayn Rand (Hamilton Books, 2008), Capitalism Unbound: The Incontestable Moral Case for Individual Rights (University Press of America, 2010), and Capitalist Solutions: A Philosophy of American Moral Dilemmas (Transaction Publishers, 2011). Additionally, he has published numerous essays, many in The Objective Standard, for which he is a contributing editor, and many in other publications, including op-ed essays for Forbes.com, the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press. In 2013-14, he was the Hayek Research Fellow at the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism at Clemson University, where he taught and, principally, researched and wrote the first draft of his forthcoming book, Heroes and Hero Worship: An Examination of the Nature and Importance of Heroism.


  • Introduction to Objectivism
  • Religion vs. Morality
  • Rational Self-Interest as the Moral Basis of Benevolence
  • Is Money the Root of All Evil?
  • Objectivism Versus Kantianism in The Fountainhead
  • The Mind as Hero in Atlas Shrugged
  • Rational Egoism in The Fountainhead
  • Global Capitalism: The Cure for World Oppression and Poverty
  • The Moral Basis of Capitalism
  • The Moral and Practical Case for Second Amendment Rights
  • The Case for Drug Legalization
  • The Moral-Practical Case for (Generally) Open Immigration
  • The Educational Bonanza of Privatizing Government Schools
  • Black Innovators and Entrepreneurs Under Capitalism
  • The Heroes of Capitalism

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