Giving Tuesday

1 Dec

Giving TuesdayA Moral Duty?

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Today, December 2, is being promoted as “Giving Tuesday.” The idea is for people to “give back” in the midst of the commercialism of the holiday season, in reaction to “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday.”

Giving Tuesday was started by Ted Turner’s United Nations Foundation. It has the backing of a number of politicians of both parties, and it of course enjoys widespread support in the media. There’s even a Twitter hashtag, #unselfie, for those supporting the campaign.

As Ayn Rand remarked in her 1964 Playboy interview:
My views on charity are very simple. I do not consider it a major virtue and, above all, I do not consider it a moral duty. There is nothing wrong in helping other people, if and when they are worthy of the help and you can afford to help them. I regard charity as a marginal issue. What I am fighting is the idea that charity is a moral duty and a primary virtue.

Half a century ago, Ayn Rand authored The Virtue of Selfishnessa radical work then and still radical today. And over the decades ARI intellectuals have written and spoken extensively on the virtue of selfishness. Next year, In Defense of Selfishnessthe new book by Peter Schwartz, ARI Distinguished Fellow, will be published. 

With all this in mind, if you would like to promote selfishness rather than “#unselfie,” consider making a contribution to ARIWe would greatly appreciate your support.
Your voluntary support of the Ayn Rand Institute is, in fact, a selfish investment in promoting the idea that charity is not a moral duty.

Sincerely,
Yaron Brook
Executive Director

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