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Egoism is a tradition that revolves around selfishness and can be divided into three types, namely: psychological, rational and ethical egoism. It is a form of consequentialism that deems an act morally acceptable on the basis of self benefit. Gekko’s opinion seems to come from a psychological egoist point of view. A psychological egoist follows their instinctive sense of self-interest. He makes reference to Darwin’s theory on natural selection by saying, “The new law of evolution in corporate America seems to be survival of the unfittest”, and even says that “greed captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit”. Gecko also seems to have the characteristics of an ethical egoist. He calls himself a liberator of companies by telling everyone of the deals he was involved with that made profits of 12 billion dollars and then receives the praise for it because he feels that it was morally good and acceptable.

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