The Objectivist Theory

Objectivism is a philosophical system created by the Russian-American writer Ayn Rand (1905-1982), with an unconventional claim that selfishness is a virtue and altruism a vice. The theory became popular after the publication of Rand’s two novels, The Fountainhead (1943) and Atlas Shrugged (1957). The basic principle of her philosophy is that no man has the right to use physical force against another. Furthermore, Objectivism argues that the individual should have the opportunity to use its Reason without the threat of force in order to develop moral values. Her interpretation of it is that consequently, the nonaggression principle is incompatible with the redistribution of wealth forced by the government, meaning that we should not pay taxes to help others. Thus the only just system would be capitalism, the unregulated laissez-faire that “does not disrespect the individual’s natural right to property”.


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