WHEN THE CHECK BOUNCES

It has been many years since I’ve read any writing by Ayn Rand and I don’t claim to agree with all of her philosophies.

But there are some points that stand out as particularly relevant to what is going on in our country today.

Her 1957 Objectivist novel Atlas Shrugged tells the first installment in the story of a dystopian future in which a collectivist society has forced the great thinkers of the world to go on strike, leaving the functioning world without scientists, engineers, philosophers, or artists.

She also writes of the inevitable consequence of violating the basic laws of finance as individuals and as a society.

The following two quotes from “Atlas Shrugged” says it far better than I can. – daniel w. jacobs

“Whenever destroyers appear among men, they start by destroying money, for money is men’s protection and the base of a moral existence. Destroyers seize gold and leave to its owners a counterfeit pile of paper. This kills all objective standards and delivers men into the arbitrary power of an arbitrary setter of values. Gold was an objective value, an equivalent of wealth produced. Paper is a mortgage on wealth that does not exist, backed by a gun aimed at those who are expected to produce it. Paper is a check drawn by legal looters upon an account which is not theirs: upon the virtue of the victims. Watch for the day when the check bounces, marked, ‘Account overdrawn.’

– Ayn Rand (1905-1982) Author, Atlas Shrugged

“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 (1905-1982) Author, Atlas Shrugged

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