Comment: The love of money

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The love of money

(...)"you say it’s the love of money that’s the root of all evil? To love a thing is to know and love its nature. To love money is to know and love the fact that money is the creation of the best power within you, and your passkey to trade your effort for the effort of the best among men. It’s the person who would sell his soul for a nickel, who is loudest in proclaiming his hatred of money–and he has good reason to hate it. The lovers of money are willing to work for it. They know they are able to deserve it.

“Let me give you a tip on a clue to men’s characters: the man who damns money has obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it has earned it.

“Run for your life from any man who tells you that money is evil. That sentence is the leper’s bell of an approaching looter. So long as men live together on earth and need means to deal with one another–their only substitute, if they abandon money, is the muzzle of a gun."

--Ayn Rand in Atlas Shrugged (Francisco's "money speech"

Money is an indispensable tool of trade. When love and charity are not enough to get you whatever you want from life, you must either trade -- or coerce. If you regard money and trade as evil, you must be either a simple-minded communist, or a predatory monster. Which?

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