Bit of Ayn Rand

Altruism declares that any action taken for the benefit of others is good, and any action taken for one’s own benefit is evil. […] Hence the appalling immorality, the chronic injustice, the grotesque double standards the insoluble conflicts and contradictions that have characterized human relationships and human societies throughout history, under all the variants of the altruist ethics.


  1. This argument is a variant on the “tragedy of the commons” (i.e., resources are finite and we must take a Darwinist approach to securing them) but this misreads the theory of evolution and places an unrealistic faith in the individual’s capacity for judgment. If one looks at certain Eastern societies where the concept of the individual is basically a foreign idea, people are not only healthier and happier but they are also valued and respected in a way that doesn’t derive from simple numastic ideas such as “total gross income”.

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