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Racism and Rand

I don’t remember exactly where it appears, but The Virtue of Selfishness (Rand, 1964) says “Racism is the lowest, most crudely primitive form of collectivism.” I remember reading something like that, but I actually pulled the quote from Wikiquotes. 324 more words

The Value of Ayn Rand in an Introductory Philosophy Course

The discipline of philosophy is something to be held inviolate; the classroom likewise.  One might be inclined to ask, what is the function of teaching provocative material to an introductory level philosophy class?  2,485 more words

Philosophy

The Suicide of a Selfish Society

Since the dawn of civilization humankind has struggled with the burden of psychopathic leadership.  The history of the social contract is riddled with instances in which psychopathic individuals took power, raped, pillaged, consumed, waged war and destroyed to satisfy what we know is an unquenchable desire in the dark depths of the psychopathic personality. 432 more words

Psychopathic Leadership

Is Selfishness Good? "The Virtue of Selfishness", by Ayn Rand

Before actually beginning to talk about this book, let me just mention how glad I am to be able to finally write this post. I received this book (from a friend who knew I really wanted it)…I think nearly two years ago now, and I somehow didn’t get around to finishing it until today. 738 more words

Book

The Virtue of Selfishness, Chapter 7: Doesn't Life Require Compromise?

Welcome back to explaining basic ethical thinking to sociopaths.  OK, that’s not fair.  Not all Objectivists are sociopaths.

Today’s chapter is a short one, but one that seems to follow along nicely from where we left off before, with… 2,701 more words

Skepticism And Atheism

A Manifesto, Kind of

“You’re very kind,” I was told recently. And while it’s nice to be viewed that way and I was happy to hear it, my point in telling you is not to brag about that compliment. 851 more words

Non-fiction

The Virtue of Selfishness, Chapter 4: The “Conflicts” of Men’s interests

I know, I know….I have not been keeping up with writing.  The reasons for this are complicated and probably uninteresting to you, so I’ll just skip the laments and get to the goods. 4,158 more words

Skepticism And Atheism