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Ayn Rand had this to say about how honest men are enslaved.

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"Whenever destroyers appear among men, they start by destroying money, for money is men's protection and the base of a moral existence.

Destroyers seize gold and leave to its owners a counterfeit pile of paper. This kills all objective standards and delivers men into the arbitrary power of an arbitrary setter of values.

Gold was an objective value, an equivalent of wealth produced. Paper is a mortgage on wealth that does not exist, backed by a gun aimed at those who are expected to produce it.

Paper is a check drawn by legal looters upon an account which is not theirs: upon the virtue of the victims.

Watch for the day when it bounces, marked: 'Account overdrawn.'" -

-Ayn Rand

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SteveMT's picture

"..money is the root of all good,..."

[She is talking about real money, not fiat.]

"Until and unless you discover that money is the root of all good, you ask for your own destruction. When money ceases to become the means by which men deal with one another, then men become the tools of other men. Blood, whips and guns–or dollars. Take your choice–there is no other."
- Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

I wonder who taught Ayn Rand

I wonder who taught Ayn Rand about the constitution, because she was amazing man!

juan maldonado

Who taught her?Reason. This

Who taught her?

Reason. This philosophy is the foundation which logic and reason build for our race. Anything else the human race builds, which is not placed upon this foundation will collapse. This is our ground zero. Our starting point. This is the philosphy the future will be built upon if there is going to be a future.

Im sure she had influences, many will claim plagerism. Some day, some us will be accused to plagerising Ron Paul for the thoughts and ideas we share. Whats important is that Rand's ideas are correct, and people need to learn them.

The closest thing I can glean to pure gospil is the passage that starts around page 385 in Atalas Shrugged where Fransisco DeAnconia gives his speach about why money is the root of all good. The above quotes come from that.

If you've never read it, here it is on youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GK_fRM8SO0

If every child born today understood those five pages, we would not have central banks, bloated governments, war, or most of the other evil that exists today. Who cares if she was christian or not. Who cares who she got her ideas from or didnt. What matters is that those 5 pages are the sum total of ages of human wisdom and progress condensed into small piece of absolute truth.

jrd3820's picture

A few months ago

There were some Ayn Rand hate fest threads going on around here, but I have to agree with your sentiment (actually I posted a similar comment in those threads but it was not well received).

I went to the public schools and was indoctrinated into a socialist utopian view of economics. When I read Atlas Shrugged I began looking at money and economics in a completely different way. Who cares if she plagiarized or didn't actually believe in the principles she promoted (which was a complaint in the other threads, yet it seems to me she had to at least believe a little because her writing was so passionate...), her stories open up a new way of looking at the world for so many people.

You chose a nice quote to highlight, however, there are so many.

it was alagory

it was meant to go beyond what she believed to make her point.

jrd3820's picture

I can see that

But most fiction is allegorical. Also, she went beyond what she believed to make her point, meaning that she believed the point she was trying to make?

I think a lot of those saying

I think a lot of those saying she didn't believe in her own philosophy may say these things because she didn't always live up to them? I have no idea of this is true or not, I care more about the message than the messenger. However id point out that there are many many people who hold an ideal that they at times fail to live up too, religeous people are no exception. We are only human afterall.

The biggest block to Ayn Rand in the minds of those who should otherwise embrace and celebrate her philosophy is her view on religeon. Plain and simple. For some, if you don't praise their particular faith, you will never be truly accepted.

Ayn Rand's philosophy IS Capitalism. And whats more its proof that we don't need to believe in gods in order to be both moral and just people. Common law and the belief in the virtue of universal rights and universal laws is an ethic born of reason. No carrot or stick is required to understand these principals, and they are objectivly true for everyone, no matter what else you may believe.