Ben-Ami fittingly concludes the Preface to this work with a quotation from Sylvia Pankhurst, whom everyone remembers as a radical feminist but whom most don't realise was also a revolutionary libertarian socialist:
"Socialism means plenty for all. We do not preach a gospel of want and scarcity, but of abundance.
"Our desire is not to make poor those who to-day are rich, in order to put the poor in the place where the rich now are. Our desire is not to pull down the present rulers to put other rulers in their places.
"We wish to abolish poverty and to provide abundance for all.
"We do not call for limitation of births, for penurious thrift, and self-denial. We call for a great production that will supply all, and more than all the people can consume."
It is with this in mind that I read this book. Though some take the ideas in it to mean that Ben-Ami is advocating a free market free-for-all, he is actually critical of modern capitalism's caution and risk-aversion. Marx, as Ben-Ami correctly notes, saw that capitalism was capable of tremendous economic growth, but the price for this was crisis, uneven development and the misery of workers. It's hard to say that capitalism has been an engine of economic progress since the 1970s. The relentless extension of credit has enabled huge bubbles to form, while the radical impulse of capital towards creative destruction has been severely dampened by governments eager to avoid the social crises this could cause.
Ferraris for All lays out the case of economic growth and popular prosperity, what used to be the rallying cries of socialists. Today's Occupy movement, although promising in its opposition to capital, is bogged down with radical-sounding but ultimately conservative solutions. Although it is not explicitly Marxist, this book stands as a necessary counterweight.