Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Quote of the day: On ‘trading’ by compulsion

_quote When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion—when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing—when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors—when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don't protect you against them, but protect them against you—when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice—you may know that your society is doomed.”
                                                  - Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

_quote When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.”
                                                  - PJ O’Rourke

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1 Comments:

Anonymous B Whitehead said...

It's remarkable that a book published in 1957, is still so relevent in 2009!.
How things haven't changed..

12/16/2009 07:15:00 pm  

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