This is part 2 of a 2 part article published by the Atlas Society
Atlas Summit 2012 — We hear all the time that “capitalism is the system that has shaped our world”. However, the fact that capitalism is a social system that has never existed in its full, perfect, and unregulated form is never mentioned. As Ayn Rand clearly stated, the only time in history in which we came close to a laissez-faire capitalist society was in the 19th century. The seminar explores the history of capitalism in the last 250 years. How did capitalism function in the past? Does it still exist today? What hope is there for the future? Part 2 looks at the assault against capitalism in the 20th century and considers where we find ourselves today.