In preparation for my student's presentation, I watched the award-nominated documentary Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life, which included a portion of the video clip below (1979):
Start paying keen attention around time marker 3:37. Around time marker 4:15, Ayn Rand says, "Every dictatorship is based on altruism," i.e., selflessness and self-sacrifice. Later in the video, Ayn Rand and Phil Donahue discuss the oil companies and monopolies.
Find the rest of this five-part interview in the sidebar at YouTube.
Regular readers here know that I'm not an objectivist. But I did find interesting Ayn Rand's statement about altruism and dictatorships. Is her statement accurate? I'm interested in knowing your views on her provocative and controversial statement.
Note: Some time back, I posted much of the above at Infidel Bloggers Alliance, where the post let to quite a discussion.