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In Defence of Selfishness: Why the Code of Self-Sacrifice is Unjust and Destructive (Hardback)
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In Defence of Selfishness: Why the Code of Self-Sacrifice is Unjust and Destructive (Hardback)

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From childhood, we're taught one central, non-controversial idea about morality: self-sacrifice is a virtue. It is universally accepted that serving the needs of others, rather than our own, is the essence of morality. To be ethical - it is believed - is to be altruistic. Questioning this belief is regarded as tantamount to questioning the self-evident. Here, Peter Schwartz questions it. In Defense of Selfishness refutes widespread misconceptions about the meaning of selfishness and of altruism. Basing his arguments on Ayn Rand's ethics of rational self-interest, Schwartz demonstrates that genuine selfishness is not exemplified by the brutal plundering of an Attila the Hun or the conniving duplicity of a Bernard Madoff. To the contrary, such people are acting against their actual, long-range interests. The truly selfish individual is committed to moral principles and lives an honest, productive, self-respecting life. He does not feed parasitically off other people. Instead, he renounces the unearned, and deals with others - in both the material and spiritual realms - by offering value for value, to mutual benefit.

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9781137280169
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 432 g
Dimensions: 239 x 162 x 24 mm


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This thoughtful and well-reasoned essay will, for sure, evoke many spirited arguments on the altruism versus-selfishness debate. "Booklist"

It is taken as an axiom by most people that altruism is moral and self-interest is immoral. In a brilliant analysis, Peter Schwartz turns this view on its head. By explaining what altruism and self-interest really mean, he shows that altruism (self-sacrifice), far from being benevolent, is profoundly anti-life, and that self-interest, based on reason, is unequivocally pro-life. There is no doubt that America's future depends more on this one, fundamental issue than on any other. "Dr. Edwin Locke, Emeritus Professor of Leadership and Motivation at the R.H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland"

Are you selfish? You should be, and Peter Schwartz knows why. In the breezy but passionate "In Defense of Selfishness," Schwartz validates rational egoism as the only moral code by which humans can live and succeed. It's not bad policies that are destroying the world, but bad philosophic ideas. From charity to religion to government to romantic love, Schwartz systematically incriminates the altruist ethics that likely lies behind most decisions you make, and presents selfishness-yes, selfishness-as the moral ideal. This radical book could change the world. "Jonathan Hoenig, Fox News Contributor"

Peter Schwartz's "In Defense of Selfishness" is a brilliant and timely book on the most important moral subject of our age: the battle between selfishness and altruism. Written with crystal-clear prose, penetrating logic, and a level of moral seriousness that readers will find compelling, Schwartz's book should redirect America's moral, social, and political conversation for a generation to come. C Bradley Thompson, executive director, Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism

Peter Schwartz has written an unapologetic defense of the individual that should be considered a must-own handbook to successfully debunk the widely accepted fallacies of the welfare state. In an easy to read style, he lays out the moral justification free-market advocates need to reclaim the economic high road from those self-described modern-day liberals who have misappropriated it. Peter Schiff, CEO of Euro Pacific Capital and author of the New York Times Best Seller THE REAL CRASH"


This thoughtful and well-reasoned essay will, for sure, evoke many spirited arguments on the altruism versus-selfishness debate. Booklist

It is taken as an axiom by most people that altruism is moral and self-interest is immoral. In a brilliant analysis, Peter Schwartz turns this view on its head. By explaining what altruism and self-interest really mean, he shows that altruism (self-sacrifice), far from being benevolent, is profoundly anti-life, and that self-interest, based on reason, is unequivocally pro-life. There is no doubt that America's future depends more on this one, fundamental issue than on any other. Dr. Edwin Locke, Emeritus Professor of Leadership and Motivation at the R.H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland

Are you selfish? You should be, and Peter Schwartz knows why. In the breezy but passionate In Defense of Selfishness, Schwartz validates rational egoism as the only moral code by which humans can live and succeed. It's not bad policies that are destroying the world, but bad philosophic ideas. From charity to religion to government to romantic love, Schwartz systematically incriminates the altruist ethics that likely lies behind most decisions you make, and presents selfishness-yes, selfishness-as the moral ideal. This radical book could change the world. Jonathan Hoenig, Fox News Contributor

Peter Schwartz's In Defense of Selfishness is a brilliant and timely book on the most important moral subject of our age: the battle between selfishness and altruism. Written with crystal-clear prose, penetrating logic, and a level of moral seriousness that readers will find compelling, Schwartz's book should redirect America's moral, social, and political conversation for a generation to come. C Bradley Thompson, executive director, Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism

Peter Schwartz has written an unapologetic defense of the individual that should be considered a must-own handbook to successfully debunk the widely accepted fallacies of the welfare state. In an easy to read style, he lays out the moral justification free-market advocates need to reclaim the economic high road from those self-described modern-day liberals who have misappropriated it. Peter Schiff, CEO of Euro Pacific Capital and author of the New York Times Best Seller THE REAL CRASH

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"This thoughtful and well-reasoned essay will, for sure, evoke many spirited arguments on the altruism versus-selfishness debate." --Booklist

"It is taken as an axiom by most people that altruism is moral and self-interest is immoral. In a brilliant analysis, Peter Schwartz turns this view on its head. By explaining what altruism and self-interest really mean, he shows that altruism (self-sacrifice), far from being benevolent, is profoundly anti-life, and that self-interest, based on reason, is unequivocally pro-life. There is no doubt that America's future depends more on this one, fundamental issue than on any other." --Dr. Edwin Locke, Emeritus Professor of Leadership and Motivation at the R.H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland

"Are you selfish? You should be, and Peter Schwartz knows why. In the breezy but passionate In Defense of Selfishness, Schwartz validates rational egoism as the only moral code by which humans can live and succeed. It's not bad policies that are destroying the world, but bad philosophic ideas. From charity to religion to government to romantic love, Schwartz systematically incriminates the altruist ethics that likely lies behind most decisions you make, and presents selfishness-yes, selfishness-as the moral ideal. This radical book could change the world." --Jonathan Hoenig, Fox News Contributor

"Peter Schwartz's In Defense of Selfishness is a brilliant and timely book on the most important moral subject of our age: the battle between selfishness and altruism. Written with crystal-clear prose, penetrating logic, and a level of moral seriousness that readers will find compelling, Schwartz's book should redirect America's moral, social, and political conversation for a generation to come." --C Bradley Thompson, executive director, Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism

"Peter Schwartz has written an unapologetic defense of the individual that should be considered a must-own handbook to successfully debunk the widely accepted fallacies of the welfare state. In an easy to read style, he lays out the moral justification free-market advocates need to reclaim the economic high road from those self-described modern-day liberals who have misappropriated it." --Peter Schiff, CEO of Euro Pacific Capital and author of the New York Times Best Seller THE REAL CRASH

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