Ayn Rand was a philosopher and author of many works of fiction and non-fiction. She is known for her philosophy of Objectivism, which she called a “philosophy for living on earth.”
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The moral justification of capitalism does not lie in the altruist claim that it represents the best way to achieve 'the common good.' It is true that capitalism does--if that catch-phrase has any meaning--but this is merely a secondary consequence. The moral justification for capitalism lies in the fact that it is the only system consonant with man's rational nature, that it protects man's survival qua man, and that its ruling principle is: justice.
From American Writers archives May 12, 2002, 3-5pm ET on C-SPAN:
Interview with Ayn Rand from 1961
Panel Discussion: "Ayn Rand, Communism and the Hollywood Blacklist"
Panel Discussion: "The Fountainhead and Today's World"
Speech: Jeff Britting, Archivist, Ayn Rand Archives on "Ayn Rand and Hollywood: Soviet Film School to The Fountainhead"
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