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Andrew Bernstein (born June 29, 1949) is an Objectivist philosopher and professor of philosophy.

Bernstein holds a Ph.D. in philosophy and is the author of The Capitalist Manifesto: The Historic, Economic, and Philosophic Case for Laissez-Faire (University Press of America, 2005) and Objectivism in One Lesson (Hamilton Books, 2009), as well as a novel, Heart of a Pagan (The Paper Tiger, 2002), He also authored the CliffsNotes for Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead, and Anthem. His op-eds have appeared in publications such as The San Francisco Chronicle, The Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun, The Atlanta Constitution, The Washington Times, The Los Angeles Daily News and The Houston Chronicle. Bernstein has lectured at Harvard University, Duke University, Yale University, Stanford University, the United States Military Academy, Founders College, the University of Southern California, and elsewhere. He currently teaches at Marist College and at SUNY Purchase where, in 2004, he was voted "Outstanding Faculty Member" by the student body. He is affiliated with the Ayn Rand Institute, and is known for his public defense of Objectivism.

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Andrew Bernstein (born 29 June 1949) is an American Objectivist philosopher.


  • Capitalism is the greatest benefactor man has ever had. It is time for the thinking men and women of every nation to recognize that fact and to fully embrace the system of the mind and of individual rights. Men and women of all countries unite - in your support of capitalism. You have a world of joyous achievement to win.
    • The Bernstein Declaration
  • People know what they love .. Even those whose lives are floundering. If they're directionless, it's not because they lack knowledge of what they want. It's because they lack the courage to acknowledge that they want it.
    • Heart of a Pagan


  • Each one of us has the power—and must develop the will—to be the hero of his own life. We believe in goals, in purposes, in achievement and in the joy of living.
  • A hero has faced it all: he need not be undefeated, but he must be undaunted.
  • A hero holds purposes appropriate to man and is, therefore, a thinker.
  • Nothing is given to man on earth - struggle is built into the nature of life, and conflict is possible - a villain but a hero. What we honor about the cowboy of the Old West is his willingness to stand up to evil and to do it alone, if necessary. The cowboy is a symbol of the crucial virtues of courage and independence.
  • The original cowboys were hard-working ranchers and settlers who tamed a vast wilderness. In the process, they had to contend with violent outlaws as well as warlike Indian tribes. The honest men on the frontier did not wring their hands in fear, uncertainty and moral paralysis; they stood up to evil men and defeated them.

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