Who: Dr. Andrew Bernstein, philosophy professor, senior writer for the Ayn Rand Institute and author of the forthcoming book The Capitalist Manifesto.

What: A talk explaining why capitalism is the only cure for oppression and poverty, followed by audience Q & A. The public and media are invited. Admission is free.

Where: Hyatt Regency Hotel, 17900 Jamboree Blvd., Irvine, CA

When: Thursday, November 11, 2004–Doors open at 7 PM

IRVINE, CA–The opponents of global capitalism overlook the key points in the debate. The capitalistic nations of Europe, North America and Asia are by far 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.

Capitalistic nations protect their citizens’ freedom of speech, of the press and of intellectual expression. Similarly, their citizens possess economic freedom, including the right to own property, 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 oppressive and economically destitute; their citizens have no rights and, consequently, little or no wealth.

What deeper principles make 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.

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