Egoism vs Altruism Essay

892 Words Jul 28th, 2013 4 Pages
2013SP-PHIL-202-006W
Egoism vs. Altruism The current political atmosphere has brought about a renewal in the interest of the works of Ayn Rand. The Russian-American novelist has once again been thrust into the limelight for a new generation of readers and political thinkers. Her ideas have been lauded in the Wall Street Journal and Fox News, and like many things these days, has had her ideas bent to meet certain political agendas. Much like Lenin used the ideas of Marx and Engels, the political right has used Rand’s Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead to push for their version of what America should be. The specific quote by Ayn Rand which states, “The proper method of judging when or whether one should help another person is by
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There is no middle ground or room for compromise. You are either for economic growth and improving your position in life (and therefore everyone around you), or you are a person who just wants everyone to be on equal footing, even if it requires underhanded means to do so. I agree that religion itself does not usually have a place in economics in general, but in government it does. I believe that a country and its government are best judged by how it cares for its poor, disabled and downtrodden. If Ayn Rand has a problem with caring for the needy, those who actually need help and not taking advantage of the system, she does not specifically address this in her novels. If she has a problem with those religious communities who genuinely receive happiness from helping those less fortunate than themselves, she does not address it. What she does address is corruption in these organizations which transforms what should be used for its original purpose, love, into something used for selfish gains. I doubt many people would disagree with her on this point. What Rand would abhor currently is the large bailouts for the auto, insurance and financial industries that recently took place; without which, according to many economists, would

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