When you hear the word selfishness, what comes to mind? Typically, selfishness is associated with amoral, predatory behavior. It’s a word used to describe people like Bernard Madoff or Attila the Hun. On the other hand, selflessness is generally celebrated and aligned with friendship and love. In this talk, Peter Schwartz challenges these misconceptions.
In his first interview, Ayn Rand Institute’s new CEO, Jim Brown, talked exclusively at his office in Irvine, California with Scott Holleran.
Whether you believe that acting morally costs or pays depends on your view of morality.
To make selfishness, or self-interest, unpalatable and to promote altruism instead, the majority of philosophers misrepresent self-interest as a package-deal.
How is it possible that business students—some of them with significant business experience—have never heard of the moral code of rational egoism?
Had VW executive grasped the principle of honesty and chosen to follow it, the company’s current mess–ruined reputation, a potential recall of 11 million cars, the cost of fixing them, compensating customers, potential lawsuits, paying fines—could have been avoided.
Only one value can serve as the central purpose in a person’s life: productive work.
Why does it rule in business?
Despite the teachings of conventional morality, judging others is a virtue from the perspective of rational egoism.
We Would Not Have Killed 1.7 Million People in our Agrarian Utopia
I want to control you, which is why I intimidate you by calling you “selfish.”
There is a knee-jerk response to the notion of an individual raising the price of his property during a storm that immediately evokes hostility from most people. Why?
Your life depends on it.
Why should one follow honesty systematically, as a principle?
Moral principles, such as self-interest, rationality, honesty, justice, integrity, independence, productiveness, and pride, are not based on feelings but on facts.