When force is the standard, the murderer wins over the pickpocketSubmitted by Chris Concomitantski on Fri, 07/06/2012 - 22:54
When force is the standard, the murderer wins over the pickpocket. And then that society vanishes, in a spread of ruins and slaughter.
"Do you wish to know whether that day is coming? Watch money. Money is the barometer of a society's virtue. When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion – when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing – when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors – when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don't protect you against them, but protect them against you – when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice – you may know that your society is doomed. Money is so noble a medium that it does not compete with guns and it does not make terms with brutality. It will not permit a country to survive as half-property, half-loot.
"Whenever destroyers appear among men, they start by destroying money, for money is men's protection and the base of a moral existence.
Someone posted a reply to a years-old, classic thread on DP: http://www.dailypaul.com/133313/francisco-d-anconias-ayn-ran... concerning Atlas Shrugged. This is just a small excerpt that seemed to tie it up nicely.