Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Quote of the Day: Rand on the “bourgeois spirit”

 

“It is not the ‘bourgeois spirit’ that creates civilisation, but the rational spirit. It is not trade that is primary here, but production. And the base of production is thought. And the base of productive action is the pursuit of rational values. Before there could be any ‘bourgeois’ there had to be all the enormous philosophical thinking that led to  individualism and private property.”
~ Ayn Rand, commenting on Human Action, as published in her Marginalia [emphasis in the original]

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