"Needless to say, under either system [socialism or fascism], the inequalities of income and standard of living are greater than anything possible under a free economy -- and a man’s position is determined, not by his productive ability and achievement, but by political pull and force. Under both systems, sacrifice is invoked as a magic, omnipotent solution in any crisis -- and “the public good” is the altar on which victims are immolated."
by:
Ayn Rand
[Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum] (1905-1982) Russian-American novelist, philosopher, playwright, and screenwriter
Source:
“The Fascist New Frontier,” The Ayn Rand Column, p.98
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The ignorant ones running the Soviet Union were unproductive and the highest paid with the most of everything. It's looking very the very same here in our own government today.
 -- cal, lewisville, tx     
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    Wonderfull, very clear indeed !
     -- luis, panama     
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    More harm is done under the banner of "the public good" than almost anything else. Ann nails it.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
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    If America succumbs to the oppression of totalitarianism, where will anyone be able to find asylum then? Americans must realize that the battle for the world still rages on, but instead of bombs and bayonets, we are being taken over by fiat -- indeed the pen is mightier than the sword. Time to make a fresh Declaration of Independence!
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Archer, I'm with you, it is time !
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    My favorite statement supposedly from a Russian Miner..."They pretend to pay us and we pretend to work"...
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    Yep. And, here we are living in the world that Ayn described in Atlas Shrugged.

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     -- bruski, naples     
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    Sorry, another wrong quote - see my previous comment.....
     -- Robert, Somewhere in Europe     
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     -- warren, olathe      
     -- Ronw13, Yachats OR      
     
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