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Notice the hierarchical and rational structure of Objectivism, how one step logically leads to the next and so on.

For instance, you couldn't arrive at the politics of freedom, of capitalism, if you began with opposite premises regarding the nature of reality, of knowledge, of ethics.

If, for example, your epistemology lauds religious faith and scorns "mere" human reason, then, if you're consistent, you wouldn't subscribe to a self-interest based ethics, because your faith would demand self-sacrifice. Likewise, if your moral code promotes sacrifice, then you wouldn't be led toward the social/political system of capitalism, because capitalism is premised on self-interest.
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