Cato Symposium on Rand - What's Living and Dead in Rand's Moral and Political Thought

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Submitted by Neil Parille on Sun, 2013-08-11 14:34

I only recently came across this 2010 Symposium on Rand. Looks like some interesting commentary.


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It should be clear from this what I think remains alive in Rand’s political and moral thought, and what I think must be discarded. Her key insight is the principle of individual rights, that persons exist as ends in themselves, not mere resources for others to use, and that because of this, individuals may not initiate the use of force or fraud against one another. Rand saw clearly that this entails that capitalism is the only just economic system. Where she went wrong was in thinking that these crucial insights rested on an egoistic foundation.

-Neil Parille

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