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“Atlas Shrugged” Quote #1

February 22, 2009

20th-century-limited_big“Then you will see the rise of the men of the double standard – the men who live by force, yet count on those who live by trade to create the value of their looted money –  the men who are the hitchhikers of virtue. In a moral society, these are the criminals, and the statutes are written to protect you against them. But when a society established criminals-by-right and looters-by-law – men who use force to seize the wealth of disarmed victims – then money becomes its creators’ avenger. Such looters believe it safe to rob defenseless men, once they’ve passed a law to disarm them. But their loot becomes the magnet for other looters, who get it from them as they got it. Then the race goes, not to the ablest at production, but to those most ruthless at brutality. When force is the standard, the murderer wins over the pickpocket. And then that society vanishes, in a spread of ruins and slaughter.”

– Francisco d’Anconia, in Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

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