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When force is the standard, the murderer wins over the pickpocket

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.

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Are you ready for the farce?

A nice sounding rant, but said by someone who plagiarized the very first line of that book from "The Driver", and used it throughout the book - who is Henry M Galt in the original.

It's completely necessary to understanding the story. The Driver takes it's line from how Henry Galt, the hero of the book, and ultimately refers to the boardroom where Galt runs his train company - it's about MUTUAL interest - the driver.

Atlas Shrugged is about selfish interest. Yeah, Rand did it on purpose. Stealing a line from someone is SELFISH interest if not GOOD interest. And it isn't MUTUAL interest like in the original book. If you don't have MUTUAL interest, you get a world dying like in Atlas Shrugged, instead of a even his enemies respected him ending like The Driver.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

Lying is a selfish virtue, more on the farce

And of course, Alan Greenspan, who was part of Ayn Rand's inner circle, did exactly the same thing with the federal reserve. He lied to get the office, said he was for the gold standard, and created the biggest bubble in history.

Another example of lying to gain something. Not in *your* self interest, but in the liars self interest. Not mutual interest like in The Driver where the line was plagiarized from. Plagiarism isn't in the mutual interest of the plagiarizer and the person/people you are plagiarizing from and to.

The character you are quoting, Francisco D Anconias, is the one that said in the book he is coming to town to see "the farce" he created. Francisco is also the character that said that Atlas was from the greek legend who carried the weight of the world. Atlas in the Greek legend was carrying the weight of the celestial heavens. Yeah, the book title taken from the quote of the character Francisco is wrong too. And the first line. Etc. Harhar. Let's crash your economy and mess everyone up. Funny people.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

Terrific archetypes...

presented as characters.

It was probably the pandas.

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And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.