Human progress requires good ideas. Consider how just two fundamental ideas have ushered in the modern world. Rewind a scant six hundred years, and modern science doesn’t yet exist. Men and women live and die in squalor. . .
On the 2020 campaign trail, opposition toward the Iraq war has become a litmus test of moral stature. Witness Elizabeth Warren (who “never believed what Cheney and Bush said about Iraq”) signaling her virtue and shaming. . .
When the Berlin Wall was erected in August 1961, to stop the flood of refugees from communist East Germany into capitalist West Germany, Ayn Rand was well positioned to state its true meaning to the world. A native of. . .
“Petrograd smelt of carbolic acid.” The reek of that powerful disinfectant — used to abate the spread of lice-borne diseases — hints at the squalor that defines Petrograd. The city, in the years after the Communist. . .
In the interest of securing a wider readership for In Defense of Selfishness: Why the Moral Code of Self-Sacrifice Is Unjust and Destructive, by Peter Schwartz, we are reprinting the book’s introduction below. Schwartz. . .