Tuesday, October 16, 2007

La Passionata

In a passionate defense of capitalism in the form of Howard Roark (the hero from Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead), columnist Joseph Kellard contrasts the anti-life ethics of religion against the pro-life ethics of capitalism. You can read it here.

Adam Smith wrote:
It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest. We address ourselves, not to their humanity but to their self-love, and never talk to them of our own necessities but of their advantages.

It is from self-love that we can afford to be pro-life. If one lives for others then there can be no love of life because one does not live for the most important life of all - one's own. Capitalism's miracle is that through self interest, society as a whole progresses.

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