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  1. Thank you for that John Allison link, Nicky.  I found it to be very helpful in answering my question!

    By the way, I do not like emotional arguments, like calling intellectualammo a "scumbag."  I find it much more useful/convincing to elaborate on why it is wrong:

    In objectivism, an act is wrong if it is self-destructive.  Nicky mentions that being deceitful is self-destructive because "people will learn to avoid your business."  Also, Nicky's link mentions that honesty is the foundation to human relationships and that it should be a person's goal to improve their personal values.  Therefore, even if other people would never learn about this specific transaction, it would be immoral because "Person A" would be acting self-destructively in the long-term by tainting his/her own personality.  Lying can easily become a habit, which would make it difficult to build benefitial human relationships.

  2. I am still learning about Objectivism; I understand the gist of it, but have trouble understanding some of the edge cases.


    I would be interested in learning the opinions of other Objectivists on the following:


    If person A would like to buy something from person B and person B would be willing to accept an amount of money that is far less than the value of the item to be purchased (and person A knows this is true), is it ever immoral to "take advantage of" person B?


    There are several reasons person B could be willing to make the deal:

    1) The need to sell quick

    2) Lack of knowledge of the market value of the object to be sold

    3) Mental disability


    I am curious if paying virtually nothing for the object (if the seller is mentally disabled) would be a violation of the trader's principle ("giving or tak[ing] the undeserved"), or if the mentally ill would be considered non-consensual due to their condition.  At the same time, I understand that there is no obligation to help them by buying from them.


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