Ethics has long been burdened with a certain perplexity: Is self-interest or altruism the primary ethical imperative? When either perspective is blind to the legitimate interests of the other viewpoint, self-negating exceptions invariably emerge. Thus, philosophical arguments such as Ayn Rand’s Objectivism or John Stuart Mill’s utilitarianism, when applied to real issues, often become inadequate and dysfunctional. Ethical Empowerment: Virtue Beyond the Paradigms presents an ethical approach designed to encourage thinking from multiple perspectives that go beyond ideology and dogma. By so doing it develops an understanding of ethics and morality that transcends rigid or inapplicable rules by returning to the principle of universal love. The result is an ethical framework for unconventional ideas and research that challenges traditional beliefs that are vested in ideological, financial and political interests that–through various mechanisms, seek to maintain the status quo. The philosophical principles developed in this book make it possible to examine difficult moral conundrums and seemingly intractable social, economic and political issues from new perspectives. The limitations of classical ethics have never been more apparent than in today’s dysfunctional world. Filled with controversial ideas, this is a book that is designed to engage the reader and spark healthy debate. Among the many issues that are discussed and critiqued–in light of the ethical theory developed, are the current monetary and economic systems, the meaning of social entitlements, the dubious virtue of political parties, and the potential abuse of scientific paradigms. Also discussed are the grounds for belief or disbelief in various claims concerning the suppression of technology and invention, and conspiracy theories. From the perspective of an ethics that is in harmony with the basic essence of morality, a long-term view of a peaceful and flourishing world is not merely possible but may, with time, become inevitable.