Why charity is not a virtue, even if it is a good thing

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December 19, 2010
Classically Liberal
by CLS  
Posted in Commentary

"I was ruminating about the concept of charity as a primary virtue. And, while I am a strong advocate of charity and have urged my fellow classical liberals and libertarians to be more charitable themselves, I have to agree with Ayn Rand that charity is not a major issue of virtue. I do think compassion and charity are part of the good life, that is, they make your life better and make you a happier person. In that sense, however, charity is rather selfish in the Randian sense of the word." (12/19/10)

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