Altruism is Evil – Ayn Rand


“What is the moral code of altruism? The basic principle of altruism is that man has no right to exist for his own sake, that service to others is the only justification of his existence, and that self-sacrifice is his highest moral duty, virtue and value.

Do not confuse altruism with kindness, good will or respect for the rights of others. These are not primaries, but consequences, which, in fact, altruism makes impossible. The irreducible primary of altruism, the basic absolute, is self-sacrifice—which means; self-immolation, self-abnegation, self-denial, self-destruction—which means: the self as a standard of evil, the selfless as a standard of the good.

Do not hide behind such superficialities as whether you should or should not give a dime to a beggar. That is not the issue. The issue is whether you do or do not have the right to exist without giving him that dime. The issue is whether you must keep buying your life, dime by dime, from any beggar who might choose to approach you. The issue is whether the need of others is the first mortgage on your life and the moral purpose of your existence. The issue is whether man is to be regarded as a sacrificial animal. Any man of self-esteem will answer: “No.” Altruism says: “Yes.””

~Ayn Rand

“Ayn Rand stated “The man who . . . closed the door of philosophy to reason, was Immanuel Kant. . . .

Kant’s expressly stated purpose was to save the morality of self-abnegation and self-sacrifice. He knew that it could not survive without a mystic base—and what it had to be saved from was reason.”

Kant described social altruism. It sinks as an evil that destroys individuals and civilizations. Modern governments base their policies on this anti-life philosophy.

In one of my articles and videos I stated “Here’s a platitude you’ve probably heard from a social altruist. “This is for the good of society.” Of course, he never defines who this society character is. He assumes everyone knows what he is talking about…or maybe he hopes nobody figures it out.

Do you know that social altruists believe in selflessness and self-denial. They exhort individuals, such as you, to sacrifice your best interests…and to conform to the Hive Mind Mentality.” At different times in history, they used other names for their master, such as “state”, “collective” etc. Whatever they choose to call their brand of slavery, it always means the sacrifice of the individual for the “good” of others…which really means for the benefit of the elite.

Obviously the irrational beliefs of altruists, do-gooders and world-improvers violate Natural and Economic Law…resulting in the poverty, misery and degradation of the masses.”

There’s nothing wrong with helping someone; however once altruism becomes institutionalized, nobody’s life, liberty and property is safe.”

~Robert Meyer, Qora

I reject altruism, public service, and the public good as the moral justification of free enterprise. Altruism is what is destroying capitalism. Adam Smith was a brilliant economist, I agree with many of his economic theories, but I disagree with his attempt to justify capitalism on altruistic grounds. My defense of capitalism is based on individual rights, as was the American founding fathers, who were not altruists. They did not say “man should exist for others”, they said “he should pursue his own happiness.” ~Ayn Rand

The essence of altruism is self-sacrifice, if you do something for another that involves harm to yourself, that is altruism, but voluntarily giving something to another who hasn’t earned it, that’s morally neutral, you may or may not have a good reason for doing it. As a principle, nobody would think of forbidding all voluntary giving; judging what giving is proper depends on the context of the situation, on the relationship of the two persons involved. ~Ayn Rand

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