“You learned in that sandbox at some really deep level that it’s bad to be selfish,” says Mr. Allison, adding that the mother has taught a horrible lesson. “To say man is bad because he is selfish is to say it’s bad because he’s alive.”
The chairman of BB&T, a $143Bln regional bank headquartered in North Carolina is an Objectivist. An article in the New York Times, entitled “Give BB&T Liberty, but Not a Bailout“, paints a favorable picture of Mr. Allison and others. In the picture of Mr. Allison during his speech (shown on the blog and in the article), you can see the moral absolutes of Objectivism in the backdrop: productivity, self-esteem, pride, justice, integrity, honesty, reason, reality, independent thinking. Then, at the top of the list: teamwork.
I’ve seen all of the others many times in Ayn Rand’s writing. But I haven’t seen teamwork. Is teamwork Randian, or is it collectivist propaganda? What are your thoughts?