This interview on Unslaved Podcast with Michael Tsarion begins with a quote from Ayn Rand’s The Virtue of Selfishness [read her work here], which, as Michael points out, is very controversially titled.

“Still another kind of soul is revealed by the man who takes pleasure, not in achievement, but in destruction, whose action is aimed, not at attaining efficacy, but at ruling those who have attained it: the soul of a man so abjectly lacking in self-value, and so overwhelmed by terror of exis­tence, that his sole form of self-fulfillment is to unleash his resentment and hatred against those who do not share his state, those who are able to live—as if, by destroying the confident, the strong and the healthy, he could convert im­potence into efficacy.

A rational, self-confident man is motivated by a love of values and by a desire to achieve them. A neurotic is moti­vated by fear and by a desire to escape it. This difference in motivation is reflected, not only in the things each type of man will seek for pleasure, but in the nature of the plea­sure they will experience.” – Ayn Rand


” That quote just goes to the heart of the matter that there’s an antagonism beneath the surface of society, of life, between the one and the many. And genius is only accepted when it is made subservient to the will of the many. And when it is, it’s given front page news. So then we know it as the celebrity type of genius that the media focuses in on, you see. But should a man arise, a woman arise, that is interested in emphasizing, not just selfhood as is implied in her work, but a very specific kind of individual — an individual who is not…trying to escape from himself or herself, who’s not afraid of the dark side of life. Who doesn’t edit. Who takes the pain because pain is instrumental to genius. Without pain nobody would change…” – Michael Tsarion

The difference between Selfhood and Ego, Narcissism and Self-Esteem, Self-Murder and Self-Love.

Who was Ayn Rand and what did she teach?