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In Defense of Selfishness

Why the Code of Self-Sacrifice is Unjust and Destructive

By Peter Schwartz
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In Defense of Selfishness: Why the Code of Self-Sacrifice is Unjust and Destructive by Peter Schwartz

In Defense of Selfishness (2015) exposes the dark side of an attribute most of us assume to be good: altruism. It explains why, despite common misconception, altruism is harmful, devaluing both individuals and societies at large – and why selfishness is the alternative that can provide us with liberation.

  • Anyone who’s ever felt guilty about being selfish
  • Skeptics of the welfare state
  • Those interested in the harms of altruism

Peter Schwartz is retired Chairman of the Board of Directors and current Distinguished Fellow of the Ayn Rand Institute. In Defense of Selfishness is his third book.

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