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The Foreign Policy of Self-Interest: A Moral Ideal for America

By Peter Schwartz


The book argues that only the principle of self-interest can provide the moral and practical basis for a foreign policy that will safeguard our freedom. An eminently topical book that includes analyses of events in the Iraq war, it demonstrates the inescapable need for a rational philosophic foundation for American policy. The Ayn Rand Institute has distributed copies of it to policymakers, foreign policy experts, political commentators and prominent intellectuals.

Mr. Schwartz recently retired as chairman of the board of directors of ARI. He was the founding editor and publisher of The Intellectual Activist, and is the editor and contributing author of Return of the Primitive: The Anti-Industrial Revolution by Ayn Rand. His book is the first in a planned series from ARI on the moral and intellectual foundations of public policy.

Table of Contents

The Basic Alternatives

Individualism in Foreign Policy

The Ideological Enemy

Targeting the Threat

The Policy of Appeasement

The Shackles of Self-Sacrifice

America's Self-Doubt

The Impracticality of Pragmatism

The Practicality of Principles

The Moral and the Practical

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