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This, she believed, is the ultimate expression of human nature, the guiding principle by which one ought to live one’s life.
To many of Rand’s readers, a philosophy of supreme self-reliance devoted to the pursuit of supreme self-interest appears to be an idealized version of core American ideals: freedom from tyranny, hard work and individualism. It promises a better world if people are simply allowed to pursue their own self-interest without regard to the impact of their actions on others. After all, others are simply pursuing their own self-interest as well.
So what if people behaved according to Rand’s philosophy of “objectivism?” What if we indeed allowed ourselves to be blinded to all but our own self-interest?
Modern economic theory is based on exactly these principles. A rational agent is defined as an individual who is self-interested. A market is a collection of such rational agents, each of whom is also self-interested. Fairness does not enter into it. more> http://goo.gl/iL35Mt