Living Objectivism 143: Why Being Honest is Selfish

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In this episode, Yaron discusses the virtue of honesty and its crucial value to self-interest, contrasting it with the predominant, altruist understanding of this virtue. He answers a number of questions about honsesty in practice, including: Is honesty something that pays off only in the long term? Didn’t Bernie Madoff get away with dishonesty–at least for a while? Does being honest mean telling the truth to those who are trying to harm you? How does religion undermine honesty? How does dishonesty put you at war with reality, and make you dependent on others? How does the Objectivist view of honesty compare with views of honesty held by Ben Shapiro, Jordan Peterson and Sam Harris? Are you dishonest, or “soft-peddling,” if you’re measured in your delivery of the truth? And more.

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