The Virtue of Selfishness: A New Concept of Egoism contains Rand’s writings on ethics and political theory. The essay “The Objectivist Ethics” contains her most definitive statement concerning the metaphysical foundation of her ethical system. “The Ethics of Emergencies” and “The ‘Conflicts’ of Men’s Interests” supplement and elaborates upon points made in this essay. In “Man’s Rights” Rand derives a theory of natural rights, including life, liberty and property from her ethical system. “The Nature of Government” contains Rand’s views on the proper functions and funding of the government in a free society.