Egoism as a philosophy was born out of religion. It was hatred of religion that motivated Nietzsche also, but I digress, I actually like some of his works. Egoism is a philosophy that one adopts, because they have an empty void, where religion had once been. It is about as useful, although it's use seems greater when novel. Selfishness just isn't practical anymore. This new trend of fundamental free-market-ism always seems to be explained in a way that concludes, "and then the free market just fixes itself". I also hear the insistence that this is what the constitution implies. Now I know that welfare was designed by FDR, but he didn't have to amend the constitution to do it. The scotus packing was an example of the same sort of partisan bickering you see in the Holder contempt case for example. Here is what the constitution actually says, I encourage you to explicate it for yourself and not simply being mindless Paulbots (some of you). It certainly doesn't imply Laissez Fair directly. Article I, section 8 of the U. S. Constitution grants Congress the power to "lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts, and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common defense and general Welfare of the United States." Since the late eighteenth century this language has prompted debate over the extent to which it grants powers to Congress that exceed those powers specifically enumerated in the Constitution. The precise meaning of the clause has never been clear, in large part due to its peculiar wording and placement in the Constitution. Ayn Rand collected social security checks.