Not only does this work from the 60's remain relevant, it continues to grow more relevant as the altruism increases. I may have to listen to this a couple of more times to help remove more of the altruistic beliefs that have been ingrained into me.
This philosophy is what lead libertarians to the current ideas of true freedom. This was a really easy to follow version. This book is revolutionary!
Ayn Rand was ahead of her time then and she is spot on now. If you are someone who feels like life is giving you a beating even though you are "doing what you should be doing" read this book. It gets into a lot of political views that are fantastic as well. I'm not super political but Ayn's words just ring true.
Worth a listen.
The title, The Virtue of Selfishness, is purposefully provocative. Don't allow the title to keep you from reading this gem of rational essays making the case for capitalism, individualism, and individual rights. While Rand is clearly critical of religion (my only real quibble with her philosophy of objectivism) this collection should be considered the antidote to the progressive/liberal playbook, Olinsky's "Rules for Radicals." Timely and full of the soul of the nation's founders.
I first read "The Virtue of Selfishness" way back in the 1960,s or maybe the 70"s. does not matter, listening to it now as I walk alone in the darkness each morning brings the truth back to me clearly. It is Number one on my list of great books I have listened to.
This is not a book with characters. It is about personal growth and being a "REAL" capitalist or as some liberal might put it dirty MONEY. Money is never dirty the people are dirty.
There were no characters, however she is a great narrator.
It should be on every teachers required reading list from 6th grade to a Ph.D.