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
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.
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.
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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