Contrary to conservatives, Ayn Rand supported the right to abortion; contrary to liberals, she opposed environmentalism; and contrary to libertarians (and others), and she upheld a firm, assertive foreign policy. What unites these seemingly disparate positions? And what explains the moral fire with which she expressed her views on these issues? This talk argues that the answer lies in Rand’s view of self-esteem, which is key to understanding her perspective on issues of policy.
This talk was recorded at the 2014 Objectivist Summer Conference in Las Vegas, NV.