Philosophy Research Archives

Volume 12, 1986/1987

Michael Goldman
Pages 143-154

Capitalism, Socialism, Objectivism

When purged of its connection to libertarian forms of capitalism, Ayn Rand’s ethical “egoism” is not an implausible ethical theory. I argue (1) that Rand in fact fails to show the connection between her ethics and the political economy she has championed and (2) that in fact her ethics is at least as compatible with socialism as with capitalism.