Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Ayn Rand On Charity

My views on charity are very simple. I do not consider it a major virtue and, above all, I do not consider it a moral duty. There is nothing wrong in helping other people, if and when they are worthy of the help and you can afford to help them. I regard charity as a marginal issue. What I am fighting is the idea that charity is a moral duty and a primary virtue.

“Playboy’s Interview with Ayn Rand,” March 1964

Ayn Rand On Charity


  1. This quote is absolutely disgusting, and highlights Rand's solipsist arrogance and disregard for humanity.

  2. Artie, not that I read or particularly like Rand, but there's nothing in that statement that makes her ahuman. Read it carefully.

    She's arguing we should help those who truly deserve it. However, people shouldn't be coerced into giving "charity" to those who don't need it. THAT'S not charity. It's called enabling.

    You can argue THE position but not her "humanity." That's just a progressive mumbo-jumbo tactic trying to guilt people into doing things they DON'T have to do.

    It's called, you know, freedom.

  3. The left doesn't want to read what she wrote. They only want to debunk her. I disagree with Rand on some things...whether god exists...and some other things. But her view of charity is correct. If you have the money and if it is a worthy cause, you can donate if you want to (most people want to). Government "entitlement" programs are NOT CHARITY. They are legalized theft.


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