Read “Requiem for Man” by Ayn Rand (Chapter 24 in Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal)

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  • In her essay “Requiem for Man,” what motive does Ayn Rand argue explains the Catholic Church’s opposition to capitalism? What type of evidence from Populorum Progressio does she point to in defense of her claim?
  • Why does Rand offer the Paul VI’s encyclical as evidence that that capitalism cannot be justified on altruistic grounds?


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