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    stevie avebury, radarlady

    Enlightened self-interest stands opposed to Ayn Rand's "rational self-interest." Seemingly selfless acts can actually be in your self-interest. Education, for example. Even if you don't have any children in school, an educational system in in your self-interest because the economy in which you live benefits from an educated populace.

    People like Ayn Rand have elevated the invisible hand to a god-like entity. Smith never said that the invisible hand always produces desirable results, but that's the mantra from the right. We joke about Somalia, but that's what you get from the invisible hand.

    The wolfpack eats venison. The lone wolf eats mice.

    by A Citizen on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 04:59:11 AM PST

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