By Robert Mayhew
After the e-book of Atlas Shrugged in 1957, Ayn Rand sometimes lectured so as deliver her philosophy of Objectivism to a much wider viewers and use it on present cultural and political matters. those taped lectures and the question-and-answer classes that not just extra an eloquent new measurement to Ayn Rand's rules and ideology, yet a clean and spontaneous perception into Ayn Rand herself. by no means earlier than to be had in print, this publishing occasion is a set of these enlightening Q & As.
this can be Ayn Rand on: ethics, Ernest Hemingway, sleek artwork, Vietnam, Libertarians, Jane Fonda, spiritual conservatives, Hollywood Communists, atheism, Don Quixote, abortion, gun keep an eye on, love and marriage, Ronald Reagan, pollutants, the center East, racism and feminism, crime and punishment, capitalism, prostitution, homosexuality, cause and rationality, literature, drug use, freedom of the clicking, Richard Nixon, New Left militants, HUAC, chess, comedy, suicide, masculinity, Mark Twain, unsuitable questions, and extra.
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When I say man survives by means of his mind, I mean that man’s first moral virtue is to think and to be productive. ” You assume rational self-interest is simply ensuring one’s physical luxury. But what would a man do with himself once he has those millions. He would stagnate. No man who has used his mind enough to achieve a fortune is going to be happy doing nothing. His self-interest does not lie in consumption but in production—in the creative expansion of his mind. To go deeper, observe that in order to exist, every part of an organism must function; if it doesn’t, it atrophies.
If it were otherwise, who would determine which ideas are good and which are forbidden? The government? [FHF 78] What do you think of libel and slander laws? They are appropriate laws, because the freedom of ideas does not permit you to lie about a person. Under the older interpretation of the courts, truth was your defense. If you know something defamatory about someone, and it’s true, then you have the right to say it. But today, you can practically say anything, so long as you’re supposedly not motivated by malice.
In answer to your first question: No, they should not be forbidden. Some of these practices are improper. Prostitution is evil by almost any standard of morality. So long as it isn’t forced on anyone, however—so long as a woman chooses to engage in that kind of activity (one shouldn’t call it a profession) and some men take advantage of it—that is between them and not the business of society. It is their moral degradation; but it should not be a legal crime—society has no right to forbid it. The same applies to selling drugs.