Ayn RandAyn Rand, [Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum] (1905-1982) Russian-American novelist, philosopher, playwright, and screenwriter

Ayn Rand Quote

“It was not the tycoons of big business, it was not the working classes, it was the intellectuals who reversed the trend toward political freedom and revived the doctrines of the absolute State, of totalitarian government rule, of the government's right to control the lives of the citizens in any manner it pleases.  This time, it was not in the name of the "divine right of kings," but in the name of the divine right of the masses.  The basic principle was the same: the right to enforce at the point of a gun the moral doctrines of whoever happens to seize control of the machinery of government.”

Ayn RandAyn Rand
~ Ayn Rand

Faith and Force: The Destroyers of the Modern World, A lecture delivered at Yale University on February 17, 1960, at Brooklyn College on April 4, 1960, and at Columbia University on May 5, 1960. Published as a pamphlet by the Nathaniel Branden Institute in 1967, and now included as a chapter in the book, Philosophy: Who Needs It

Ratings and Comments

Mike, Norwalk

Everything was exactly right EXCEPT, it was the tycoons of big business (with their cohorts in crime, big banks) that seized control of the machinery of government. Big business directs government through "the divine right of the masses". When a theocratic morality is added to the mix - the peons, helots, serfs and slaves are maintained to profit the elite oligarchy. Such malignant caste system demonstrates the immorality of socialism (communism to fascism / progressivism to neo-conism, etc.).

Jim K, Austin

I agree with Mike on this.

Mary - MI
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Mary - MI    1/18/17

Crony Capitalist Tycoons for far too many decades have been purchasing the favors of our government representatives to help them stifle and eradicate their Free Market competitors.
When Corporate Welfare rules the day to the detriment of consumers choice it disables and destroys the desirous and highly favorable cost lowering Free Market.
Corporate Welfare/Crony Capitalism also creates the wholesale obliteration and death knell of any new private sector employment for the masses that could have been created with the introduction of competitive companies.

E Archer, NYC



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