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The Selfishness Debate: Ayn Rand vs the Dalai Lama

Jim103 Wrote: Apr 27, 2012 11:25 AM
"Yes, coercive altruism is wrong. Indeed, it’s not even altruism,..." Mitchell says. However, that's incorrect. Altruism is not about benevolence or generosity. Altruism is about duty, a duty imposed on us, a duty to give. Freedom to do one's duty is a contradiction in terms. There is no right not to do one's duty. The "haves" have a duty the "have nots," a duty to give, a duty to perform service. If one doesn't perform such duties voluntarily, then it's right to coerce such performances. If some have a duty to give to others, then those "others" have a right to take, whether by trickery, stealth or force. The most consistent exponents of altruism are advocates of dictatorship: commies, Nazis, Moslem terrorists.
Reginald10 Wrote: Apr 28, 2012 1:37 PM
You have an... odd.... definition of altruism.
IMHO, altruism is not a duty, but a primary Good. That is, no One has said that you must give to the poor, or be punished. Nor do the poor have any "right" to what they might be given. Altruism involves pure giving, without factoring in what one may receive in exchange whether goods or punishment. You simply do it, because it is right to do so; hence, a primary Good.

I’m in Monaco for the 10th forum of the Convention of Independent Financial Advisors, a Swiss-based NGO that focuses on promoting an ethical and productive environment for private investment. I moderated a couple of panels on interesting topics, including the European fiscal crisis.

But I want to focus on the comments of another speaker, Monsieur Matthieu

Ricard, a French-born Buddhist monk. As you can see from his Wikipedia entry, he’s a very impressive individual. In addition to his other accomplishments, he serves as the French translator for the Dalai Lama.

During one of the dinners, we got into...

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