Report Why Is Lying, Stealing And The Initiation Of Force Wrong? in Ethics Posted February 24, 2006 I was discussing Objectivism with my ethics professor after class and he argued that respecting other individuals rights and property goes against the ethic of doing what is in your self interest. He went on to say that Rand never was able to adequately explain how her moral positions were consistent with self interest. I countered that if I initiated lying, stealing or the use of force that others would recipicate, thus it is not in my self interest to do so. His counter was that what if you were the strongest then it would be in your self interest. I responded that no human that has been born to this world has been the strongest in everything. He retorted what if you started from a position of strength? It was left on that note as we both had to leave. So, any thoughts on how to deal with these arguments? Or another line of reasoning why violating individual and property rights is inconsistent with acting in ones self interest?