Saturday, September 18

Global Capitalism Picnic & Lecture

featuring Dr. Andrew Bernstein

Although leftist agitators continue to protest global capitalism, they overlook the key points in the debate. In Europe, North America, and Asia, the capitalist nations are, by a wide margin, the wealthiest societies of history—with per capita incomes in the range of at least $20,000-$30,000 annually.

But capitalism is not merely the system of prosperity; fundamentally, it is the system of individual rights and freedom. The principle of individual rights upon which these countries are based protect their citizens’ freedom of speech, of the press, and of intellectual expression. Their citizens have freedom of religion. Similarly, they possess economic freedom, including the right to own property—their own home or farm—to start their own businesses, and to seek profit.

By stark contrast, the pre-capitalist systems of history, and the non-capitalist systems of the present, are politically repressed and economically destitute; their citizens have few or no rights and, consequently, little or no wealth.

What are the deeper principles making possible the freedom and wealth enjoyed under capitalism—and lacking in its political antipodes? How has capitalism already greatly enhanced the lives of millions of human beings in formerly impoverished Third World countries? What can the men of the free world do to further promote the spread of capitalism into the repressed nations of the globe? These are the questions addressed in this talk.


A picnic and lecture presentation in Central Park featuring Dr. Andrew Bernstein who will present his lecture Global Capitalism: The Cure for World Oppression and Poverty. The picnic will be held at Mineral Springs, just northeast of the concession stand—which is at the northern end of Sheep Meadow (nearest entrance is W.67th St, Tavern on the Green). Please bring your own food and beverages.

Dr. Bernstein teaches Philosophy at Pace University, the State University of New York at Purchase and formerly at Marymount College in Tarrytown, New York-which presented him its ‘Outstanding Teacher’ award in 1995. He has taught at Hunter College, Long Island University, and many other New York-area colleges. He lectures frequently at philosophy conferences all over the United States; additionally in Canada, England, Belgium, Norway, Hong Kong and Bermuda. He is the author of Heart of a Pagan, as well as the forthcoming book, The Capitalist Manifesto.

When: Saturday, September 18, 2-6pm (lecture at 4pm)

Where: Central Park (Mineral Springs)

Admission: $20 per person, open to the public


Rain date: Sunday, September 19

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