“Altruism is Incompatible with Freedom”

10 03 2009

Concise and interesting interview with Dr Yaron Brook head of the Ayn Rand Institute: 

http://www.theobjectivestandard.com/issues/2009-spring/ayn-rand-atlas-shrugged.asp

It’s great to see Objectivism getting more and more media attention lately.  I still haven’t met a real life Objectivist.  But one day I might, even in Australia! 

Yaron states, “Ayn Rand’s 1957 novel Atlas Shrugged has been in the news a lot lately because many people are seeing parallels between the story and current events.”

Yaron Brook states that “altruism is incompatible with freedom”.  This is probably the major point that sets objectivism apart from libertarians and other similar pro-free market advocates.  An alternative egoist ethics. 

Yaron’s comment reminded me of one of my favourite Ayn Rand quotes that I wanted to share with the man at the other end of the internet: 

“The man who speaks to you of sacrifice, speaks of slaves and masters. And intends to be the master”

Very true especially in the world of politics.

The full quote as taken from the Ayn Rand lexicon is:

“It stands to reason that where there’s sacrifice, there’s someone collecting sacrificial offerings. Where there’s service, there’s someone being served. The man who speaks to you of sacrifice, speaks of slaves and masters. And intends to be the master.”

 “The Soul of a Collectivist,” For the New Intellectual, 73.

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