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The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies Vol. 10, No. 2

Let me suggest one further moral-of-the-story of why Rand is still regularly lumped in with Nietzsche: That it is still hard for many thinkers to conceive of an egoism that is not zero-sum. Say that Rand is a realist, a naturalist, and an advocate of reason—and most people know what that means and can articulate those positions accurately. In the last generation or so, it has become increasingly possible to say that Rand is an advocate of capitalism and find that many people will understand what that means and that it is not necessarily vicious dog- eat-dog exploitation. But the same is not yet true when it comes to ethical egoism. Egoism to most still means stereotypical “selfish- ness,” and to many the only alternative is altruism. So there is still much work to do in overcoming the traditional false alternative.

Abbreviations for Works Cited

Nietzsche’s works

Rand’s works

A The Antichrist (1888)

ARL The Ayn Rand Letter (1971–76)

BGE Beyond Good & Evil (1886)

AS Atlas Shrugged (1957)

D Daybreak (1881)

CUI Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal (1966)

EH Ecce Homo (written 1888)

FNI For the New Intellectual (1961)

GM On the Genealogy of Morals (1887)

F The Fountainhead (1943)

GS The Gay Science (1882)

JAR Journals of Ayn Rand (1997)

HA Human All-Too-Human (1878)

NL The New Left: The Anti-Industrial Revolution (1971)

TI Twilight of the Idols (1888)

VOS The Virtue of Selfishness (1964)

WP The Will to Power (unpublished in Nietzsche’s lifetime)

WS The Wanderer and His Shadow (1880)

Z Thus Spake Zarathustra (1883–85)

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