I want to control you, which is why I intimidate you by calling you “selfish.”
There is a knee-jerk response to the notion of an individual raising the price of his property during a storm that immediately evokes hostility from most people. Why?
Your life depends on it.
Why should one follow honesty systematically, as a principle?
Moral principles, such as self-interest, rationality, honesty, justice, integrity, independence, productiveness, and pride, are not based on feelings but on facts.
Why do we accept humility as a virtue?
Benevolence does not require self-sacrifice.
Capitalism, in Ayn Rand’s definition, is “a social system based on the recognition of individual rights (including property rights) in which all property is privately owned.”
People are suspicious of self-interest because for every philosopher who has taught and advocated self-interest, there have been multiples of those who have taught its opposite, altruism.
The prerequisite of acting ethically in business and other realms of life is clear thinking.