"When you have made evil the means of survival, do not expect men to remain good. Do not expect them to stay moral and lose their lives for the purpose of becoming the fodder of the immoral. Do not expect them to produce, when production is punished and looting rewarded. Do not ask, 'Who is destroying the world?' You are."
Ayn Rand
[Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum] (1905-1982) Russian-American novelist, philosopher, playwright, and screenwriter
Atlas Shrugged, p. 386 (1957)
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 -- J Allen, Arlington, Va      
 -- Christine Morabito, Haverhill      
 -- J Calcutt, NYC      
Ayn Rand was well ahead of her time.
 -- cal, lewisville, tx     
    Excellent Quote. And from Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged"...another literary warning --“Did you really think that we want those laws to be observed? . . . We want them broken. You’d better get it straight that it’s not a bunch of boy scouts that you’re up against – and then you’ll know that this is not the age for beautiful gestures. 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 nor objectively interpreted – and you create a nation of lawbreakers – and then you cash in on the guilt. Now that’s the system, . . . that’s the game, and once you understand it, you’ll be much easier to deal with.”
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    Right on! Thanks, Carlton, for the exerpt from Atlas Shrugged -- strikes the nail on the head.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    Archer, check out Bob Livingstons - Personal Liberty Digest. Some good articles there.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    Read Ayn Rand 40 years ago. She was so right. Looks like it's time for a reread.
     -- Carol, Georgia     
    It is pointless to remain a cog in this pathetic machine called capitalism.
     -- Johann Hollar, St. Paul     
    @ Johann. Please go to this link. Milton Friedman explains the pathetic machine called capitalism. You'll find related videos there which may just open your eyes. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvNzi7tmkx0
     -- Carol, Georgia     
    @Johann. The link I just sent is of Milton Friedman, but it is not the one I meant to send, so I'm including the link that will explain capitalism.
     -- Carol, Georgia     
    @Johann http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWsx1X8PV_A&feature=related
     -- Carol, Georgia     
     -- Roland, Bonner's Ferry      
     -- WARREN, OLATHE      
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