In 1957 Ayn Rand’s masterpiece Atlas Shrugged was published. A controversial character at the time, she was a prolific author and playwright. Much of her work was an expression of her fundamental belief that selfishness is good and altruism is evil, and the welfare of society is always subordinate to the self-interest of individuals. Mr David Kelley, of The Atlas Society shares his thoughts on Ayn Rand and the Liberal Dilemma.
Is our country disintegrating and our infrastructure compromised? Are liberals and humanitarians unknowingly sabotaging the very future they want to protect?
Ayn Rand was born and raised in Russia before she emigrated to the US in 1926. In Atlas Shrugged, she portrays a world on the brink of ruin as liberals and humanitarians take control of the political and economic structures. Did she correctly predict our current state of affairs and can we find solutions and answers in her work?
Was this the impetus for her belief that “collective “we” thinking and middle of the road interventionism leads a nation down a road to serfdom.” What is the distinction between communism, socialism and a humanitarian capitalist society?
Mr David Kelley, the founder of The Atlas Society is a professional philosopher, teacher, and best-selling author. His books are Unrugged Individualism: The Selfish Basis of Benevolence; The Contested Legacy of Ayn Rand; The Evidence of the Senses, a treatise on epistemology; and The Art of Reasoning, one of the most widely used logic textbooks in the country. With Roger Donway, he co-authored Laissez Parler: Freedom in the Electronic Media, a critique of government regulation. He is also the author of A Life of One’s Own: Individual Rights and the Welfare State, a critique of the moral premises of the welfare state and defense of private alternatives that preserve individual autonomy, responsibility, and dignity.
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