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In Defense of Selfishness: Why the Code of Self-Sacrifice is Unjust and Destructive Hardcover – June 2, 2015

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“This thoughtful and well-reasoned essay will, for sure, evoke many spirited arguments on the altruism versus-selfishness debate.” ―Booklist

“It is taken as an axiom by most people that altruism is moral and self-interest is immoral. In a brilliant analysis, Peter Schwartz turns this view on its head. By explaining what altruism and self-interest really mean, he shows that altruism (self-sacrifice), far from being benevolent, is profoundly anti-life, and that self-interest, based on reason, is unequivocally pro-life. There is no doubt that America's future depends more on this one, fundamental issue than on any other.” ―Dr. Edwin Locke, Emeritus Professor of Leadership and Motivation at the R.H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland

“Are you selfish? You should be, and Peter Schwartz knows why. In the breezy but passionate In Defense of Selfishness, Schwartz validates rational egoism as the only moral code by which humans can live and succeed. It's not bad policies that are destroying the world, but bad philosophic ideas. From charity to religion to government to romantic love, Schwartz systematically incriminates the altruist ethics that likely lies behind most decisions you make, and presents selfishness-yes, selfishness-as the moral ideal. This radical book could change the world.” ―Jonathan Hoenig, Fox News Contributor

“Peter Schwartz's In Defense of Selfishness is a brilliant and timely book on the most important moral subject of our age: the battle between selfishness and altruism. Written with crystal-clear prose, penetrating logic, and a level of moral seriousness that readers will find compelling, Schwartz's book should redirect America's moral, social, and political conversation for a generation to come.” ―C Bradley Thompson, executive director, Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism

“Peter Schwartz has written an unapologetic defense of the individual that should be considered a must-own handbook to successfully debunk the widely accepted fallacies of the welfare state. In an easy to read style, he lays out the moral justification free-market advocates need to reclaim the economic high road from those self-described modern-day liberals who have misappropriated it.” ―Peter Schiff, CEO of Euro Pacific Capital and author of the New York Times Best Seller THE REAL CRASH

About the Author

PETER SCHWARTZ is retired Chairman of the Board of Directors, and currently a Distinguished Fellow, of the Ayn Rand Institute--the pre-eminent organization for the dissemination of Ayn Rand's ideas. He is a frequent speaker at educational conferences and at campus events. He writes and lectures on topics ranging from ethics and political philosophy to environmentalism and multiculturalism.
     Schwartz is the author of The Foreign Policy of Self-Interest (ARI Press) and Libertarianism: The Perversion of Liberty (ARI Press). From 1987-2003 he was president and editor-in-chief of Second Renaissance Books, a publisher and distributor of titles promoting the value of reason, individualism, science, technology and capitalism. He is also the founding editor and publisher of The Intellectual Activist (1979-1991), a publication that covered political and social issues from a pro-individual rights orientation.
      In addition, he is the editor and contributing author of Ayn Rand's Return of the Primitive: The Anti-Industrial Revolution (Meridian); editor of The Ayn Rand Column (ARI Press); and co-editor of Objectively Speaking: Ayn Rand Interviewed (Lexington Books). He wrote the introduction to Ayn Rand's The Art of Nonfiction (Plume), and has had chapters included in Israel: Opposing Viewpoints (Greenhaven Press) and in Racism: Current Controversies (Greenhaven Press). 
      Schwartz's articles have been published in the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the Hartford Courant, ForbesOnline and Huffington Post. He has often been interviewed on radio and TV, by such personalities as Geraldo Rivera and Thom Hartmann. 

Product details

  • Publisher : St. Martin's Press (June 2, 2015)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 256 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1137280166
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1137280169
  • Item Weight : 15.2 ounces
  • Dimensions : 6.45 x 0.99 x 9.52 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 69 ratings

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