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The first level of that comparison is on the basis of results. In a world where producers are allowed to act according to their material beliefs, everyone benefits from the resultant products and development. However, it is not just the material that concerns Galt. His more basic philosophical argument refers back to the introduction of his speech where Galt explained that for ages, the battle of morality was waged between the religious realm, those who claimed your life belongs to God and the political realm, those who preached that your life belongs to your brothers; in either case the premise was self-sacrifice, either for what Galt calls the ghosts in heaven or for those he calls the incompetents on earth.

After the rupture, Leonard Peikoff became an intellectual mainstay for Rand and her literary executor and heir. He was the first head of The Ayn Rand Institute, founded after her death to continue the promulgation of her philosophy. When he stepped down and became the chairman emeritus, Michael Berliner succeeded him; presently Yaron Brook holds that position. Although the Brandens were gone, Rand still had the friendship and allegiance of most of the people who had formed the core of the Objectivist movement and her adherents and admirers around the country were largely unaffected.

Altruism privileges giving as a virtue, but before there is something to give, it must be produced and therefore Roark questions the concept of admiring those who give what they have not produced while damning the creator/producer to servitude. Roark calls into question a long list of prevalent ideas such as that it is a virtue to agree with others, that the ego is evil and that selflessness is a virtue. He identifies the “greatest fraud ever perpetuated on mankind” (95) as the false dichotomy between egoism and altruism, the former implying sacrifice of others to self and the latter, sacrifice of self to others.

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