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Even for those who aren't as hostile to religion as Rand was, there should still be a problem with her notion of enlightened self-interest. Those who are hostile to personal liberty are themselves acting in their own interest. There is zero reason to assume that someone who steals, for instance, is unaware of the general benefit to society, and themselves personally, of not stealing. That person just deems that stealing is more beneficial to themselves than the residual benefit of the good society. Likewise, even selfish politicians certainly understand that there is a public benefit to certain policies. Why would we assume then that a selfish politician would act in the public interest?
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