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The Virtue of Selfishness Audiobook

The Virtue of Selfishness

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Ayn Rand here sets forth the moral principles of Objectivism, the philosophy that holds human life - the life proper to a rational being - as the standard of moral values and regards altruism as incompatible with human nature, with the creative requirement of survival, and with a free society.

Ms. Rand's unique philosophy, Objectivism, has gained a worldwide audience. The fundamentals of her philosophy are set forth in this insightful piece of nonfiction.

©1961, 1964 Ayn Rand; ©1962, 1963, 1964 by the Objectivist Newsletter Incorporated; (P)2000 Blackstone Audiobooks

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    jj 02-24-16
    jj 02-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "not what I expected."

    struggled to finish. I actually fell asleep on it a few times. interesting but boring.

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    Daniel 11-20-15
    Daniel 11-20-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Condensed Atlas Shrugged"

    This book reads a lot like an explanation of the logic presented in Atlas Shrugged. The lecture series was noteworthy, literally. Get a pen and paper.

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    Mark J - Professional Appreciator United States 08-08-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Timely, rational warning against collectivism."

    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.

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    Masonic Prince 04-17-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Classic!"

    Direct, realistic & accurate. Worth the price as well as the time it took to listen.

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    Ryan M. Gurley 03-12-15 Member Since 2016
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    "excellent"

    Rand clarifies her philosophy in this book. It was great to listen to. This will be a resource that I reference often and will go back and look to for research!

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    Dale California 12-06-14
    Dale California 12-06-14
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    "A "Must" read for any budding capitalist!!!"
    Where does The Virtue of Selfishness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Did C.M. Hernert do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    There were no characters, however she is a great narrator.


    If you could give The Virtue of Selfishness a new subtitle, what would it be?

    $$$$$


    Any additional comments?

    It should be on every teachers required reading list from 6th grade to a Ph.D.

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    Carlos Cortés Bay Area, California 09-05-12
    Carlos Cortés Bay Area, California 09-05-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Even better on the second reading"
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    I read this some time ago and found it interesting, but unsettling. After reading a lot of other philosophers, developing an independent view of my own, and coming back to it, I appreciated it much, much more. The problem with Rand is her dogmatism toward her views. My own belief is that ethical frameworks are like solutions to problems, some are better than others, but we can theoretically test for fitness of solutions, in the midst of practical difficulties. She is certain that her view is 'correct', rather than superior to the other views she criticizes, and this turns people off. So you have to look past that. The thing is, I happen to think her ethical framework is an exceptionally good solution, which I appreciate more after reviewing the solutions of many other philosophers. The other thing she does is make rambling inferences along the lines of: altruism is self-loathing, self-loathing is destruction, destruction is murder (sorry I can't remember a real one). Some I agreed with, and some I didn't, but the very mechanism is just sloppy intellectualism, and she can do better. These sound very critical for a 5 star review, but the point is to understand this bathwater so that you don't throw out the baby.

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    Truc To 01-18-11
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    "Good intentions those often misunderstood"

    An excellent guide to understand the modern American minds. Add a dose of human compassionate and intuitiative moral compass... Enlightement

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    Greg Lansing, MI, USA 08-19-08
    Greg Lansing, MI, USA 08-19-08 Member Since 2006
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    "I shrugged"

    Very thought provoking. Better to read on paper. She is either way smarter than me, or has a hard time putting her thoughts together in a million words or less. I chose this book because I wanted to read something by Ayn. This was among the thinnest. I liked it, but I thought it was a bit pretentious. I'm sure Ayn was great fun at parties.

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    Scott Fabel Lancaster, PA, United States 05-26-13
    Scott Fabel Lancaster, PA, United States 05-26-13 Member Since 2010

    I'm a corporate training consultant and adjunct professor who loves to read! I'm always looking for the next big thing.

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    "Give Objectivism a Chance!"

    The Virtue of Selfishness is a collection of essays that Ayn Rand and Nathaniel Branden wrote as part of The Objectivist Newsletter in the 1960s. To this day, it boggles my mind that the Objectivist philosophy hasn't swept the nation--even the world. It seems to align with what so many people seem to want most in life: the pursuit of happiness, productive achievement, and reason. In my opinion, these are the tenants on which I base my own personal philosophy. As such, this book resonated strongly with me. To begin, I was instantly drawn to the title. How could selfishness be virtuous? In current society, selfishness is looked down upon. What makes this book so interesting is that Rand defines selfishness is a much more simplistic manner by stating that selfishness is nothing more than a concern for one's own interests. This is her new concept of egoism. Several of the essays expand upon this concept. These essays lead to further essays regarding the destructive nature of altruism and collectivism.

    It is during these subsequent essays that I am struck by the reason the Objectivist philosophy has not swept the world. We are taught from a very young age that we need to care for others around us without expecting anything in return. Sharing is more important than selfishness. Meeting the needs of the collective are far, far more important than meeting the needs of the individual. This being Rand's book, all of these arguments (which seem to have their own validity) are completely invalidated. It would seem that there are too many people who want to pursue happiness, yet they do not want to be productive achievers or rely on logical reasoning.

    If everyone would pursue their own personal happiness through productive achievement and reason, it seems reasonable that everyone would attain it. Wouldn't you agree? Read this book and tell me what you think.

    6 of 18 people found this review helpful

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