In Defense of Selfishness: Why the Code of Self-Sacrifice is Unjust and Destructive

In Defense of Selfishness: Why the Code of Self-Sacrifice is Unjust and Destructive

Peter Schwartz


From adolescence, we are taught one imperative, non-controversial proposal approximately morality: self-sacrifice is a advantage. it's universally accredited that serving the wishes of others, instead of our personal, is the essence of morality. To be ethical―it is believed―is to be altruistic. wondering this trust is considered tantamount to wondering the self-evident.

Here, Peter Schwartz questions it.

In protection of Selfishness refutes common misconceptions concerning the that means of selfishness and of altruism. Basing his arguments on Ayn Rand's ethics of rational self-interest, Schwartz demonstrates that real selfishness isn't exemplified by way of the brutal plundering of an Attila the Hun or the conniving duplicity of a Bernard Madoff. on the contrary, such individuals are appearing against their genuine, long-range pursuits. The really egocentric person is dedicated to ethical rules and lives a good, efficient, self-respecting existence. He doesn't feed parasitically off other folks. as an alternative, he renounces the unearned, and offers with others―in either the cloth and non secular realms―by delivering price for price, to mutual gain.

The egocentric person, Schwartz keeps, lives via cause, no longer strength. He lives via creation and exchange, no longer by way of robbery and fraud. He disavows the mindlessness of the do-whatever-you-feel-like emotionalist, and upholds rationality as his fundamental advantage. he's taking delight in his achievements, and doesn't sacrifice himself to others―nor does he sacrifice others to himself.

According to the code of altruism, despite the fact that, you need to include self-sacrifice. you need to subordinate your self to others. Altruism calls, now not for cooperation and benevolence, yet for servitude. It calls for that you just quit your pursuits to the wishes of others, that you simply regard serving others because the ethical justification of your life, that you just be keen to undergo in order that a non-you may benefit. To this, Schwartz asks easily: Why? Why may still the truth that you've got accomplished any good fortune make you indebted to people who have not? Why does the truth that somebody needs your cash create an ethical entitlement to it, whereas the truth that you will have earned it, doesn't?

Using bright, real-life examples, In protection of Selfishness illustrates the iniquity of requiring one guy to serve the desires of one other. This provocative publication demanding situations readers to re-evaluate the normal through which they come to a decision what's morally correct or wrong.

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