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Ayn Rand

Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1905, Ayn Rand is the celebrated author of such novels as The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged.

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

There is one central, non-controversial idea we’re taught about morality—that self-sacrifice is a virtue. What if it’s wrong? From childhood, we are told that serving the needs of others, rather than our own, is the essence of morality and the way to achieve social harmony. To be ethical—it is believed—is to be altruistic. Even questioning this notion is regarded as questioning the self-evident.