Property Rights and Rational Selfishness

Property Rights 

The right to life is the source of all rights—and the right to property is their only implementation. Without property rights, no other rights are possible. Since man has to sustain his life by his own effort, the man who has no right to the product of his effort has no means to sustain his life. The man who produces while others dispose of his product, is a slave.
Bear in mind that the right to property is a right to action, like all the others: it is not the right to an object, but to the action and the consequences of producing or earning that object. It is not a guarantee that a man will earn any property, but only a guarantee that he will own it if he earns it. It is the right to gain, to keep, to use and to dispose of material values.
by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA

The above words are taken from  page 110 of  "The Virtue of Selfishness". This book was first published in 1961 by Ayn Rand and it defines the moral principals of Objectivism.

More specifically it provides the ethical and moral justification  for living ones life guided by rational selfishness. Understanding the concept of rational egoism is essential to understanding the principles and values on which this nation was built.

Unfortunately our nation has slowly, yet most assuredly over many years of social progressivism , accepted the self destructive beliefs offered by the advocates of altruism.

For anyone who advocate human rights the concepts above are generally understood. Those who wish to understand the concept of rational selfishness and proper egoism better, and  in the positive light of Objectivist thought Rand's book, "The Virtue of Selfishness" is a recommended reading.

More on property rights at Rational Nation USA and the Left Coast Rebel later.

Cross posted to Rational Nation USA


  1. Yes! It just occurred to me, growing up in the 60's, that I was raised up with the "The Virtue of Selfishness".
    Not in the sense of not caring about others, but not to enable others to become dependent on handouts...
    The feeling of others charity is nice, but does not compare to that feeling of accomplishment! How many times I heard the saying "if you want it done right, you have to do it your self". I may not always do it right, but it gets done!

  2. Looking forward to more on this theme - like to see Shane contribute too ;)


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