What if the central idea we’re all taught about morality is wrong?
Virtually everyone regards self-sacrifice as a moral virtue. From childhood on, we are told that serving the needs of others, rather than our own, is the essence of morality and is the means of achieving social harmony. To be ethical—it is believed—is to be altruistic. Even questioning this premise is, to most people, equivalent to entertaining the notion that the earth is flat.
My book questions this premise.
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REVIEWS OF IN DEFENSE OF SELFISHNESS:
Once upon a time the left and the right were political opposites. The left condemned capitalism and sought to expand government’s role in our lives; the right defended capitalism and endorsed limited government. Over the years, although the right became less and less committed to individual freedom and capitalism, it nonetheless presented a discernible alternative to the collectivism of the left.
I’ve long argued that the modern libertarian movement was born out of a visceral hostility to the state rather than an intellectual opposition to statism. Over the years, part of that movement has “mellowed,” so that its anarchist leanings are no longer openly manifested. . . .
An Interview (Audio)
TOPICS INCLUDE: ▪ Faith vs reason ▪ Is love selfless? ▪ Spiritual values ▪ The “greater good” ▪ Who decides right and wrong? ▪ Laissez-faire capitalism ▪ Role of government