Why Separate?

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The main feature of this section is the essay “The Moral Case For Separating State and The Economy – What’s That About?

The rest of the section contains pages with key concepts and terms that we use on a regular basis. We have also included a brief excerpt, a teaser if you like. Most of the links on the pages take you to the online version of the Ayn Rand Lexicon which contains excerpts from Ayn Rand’s writings, both fiction and non-fiction, and often her definition as well. (Book title links take you to Amazon.com for the most part.)

We have found Ayn Rand’s explanations to be more illuminating than for instance definitions in OED, Merriam Webster or Encyclopedia Britannica. We would like to hear from you if you have suggestions for improvements.

Here’s a page content overview:


  • Selfishness
  • Rational Self-Interest
  • Egoism
  • Altruism
  • Sacrifice


  • Individual Rights


  • Physical Force


  • Individualism
  • Collectivism / Statism
  • Capitalism
  • Socialism / Communism
  • Facism
  • Mixed Economy


  • Government
  • Anarchism

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