Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Ayn Rand

Contemplate on the following quote from Atlas Shrugged, while reading the post previous to this one.

"Did you really think we want those laws observed?" said Dr. Ferris. "We want them to be broken. You'd better get it straight that it's not a bunch of boy scouts you're up against... We're after power and we mean it... There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What's there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted and you create a nation of law-breakers and then you cash in on guilt. Now that's the system, Mr. Reardon, that's the game, and once you understand it, you'll be much easier to deal with." ('Atlas Shrugged' 1957)

1 comment:

  1. Ayn Rand is a good writer, and I have read most of her books. That being said, I completely disagree with most of her philosophies, she was an angry, bitter atheist, and this comes across in her writings. She valued money and material possessions more than other people. I think that is why we are having such a problem in this country, many people see the homeless as nothing more than garbage to step over on the way to Starbuck's.