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An increasing number of Americans see their society devolving into a nightmare scenario like the one Rand projected over a half century ago.
“The comprehensive nature of the failure of socialism is not taught in college textbooks. The topic is glossed over wherever possible.”
“Socialism failed — totally. But the intelligentsia still refuses to embrace the free-market social philosophy of Mises, the man who predicted the failures of socialism, and who provided arguments to support his universal condemnation.”
“The majority has never been offered a choice between controls and freedom. (…) You know that both parties today (in the U.S.A.) ARE for socialism, in effect, for controls. And there is no party, there are no voices to offer an actual pro-capitalist, laissez-faire economic freedom and individualism. That’s what this country needs today.”
(…) “you see destruction all around you and that you are moving towards disaster until and unless all those welfare state conceptions have been reversed and rejected. It is precisely these trends which are bringing the world to disaster. Because we are now moving towards complete collectivism or socialism – a system under which everybody is enslaved to everybody.” AYN RAND (1958)
“Collectivism, as a political ideology, thrives on the idea that force by the state should determine how those in the mob can benefit at the expense of others. It allows for the collective to force policy decisions that serve to dictate how each individual must live his life. It has no respect for private property. It attempts to destroy self-responsibility, self-reliance, and self-interest. It puts the mob, whether that is the community, the state, or the nation, above all else. It relies on the elimination of individualism, all for the so-called benefit of society as a whole. Collectivism is then, the epitome of immorality, of dishonesty, and of exploitation.”
“Why do people choose to run with the mob, to exist in a mass? They do so because it is the easiest path with the least amount of resistance. They do so thinking they are bettering their lot in life. They do so because they are afraid, and seek to gain a false safety. They do so to shirk personal responsibility. They do so to hide from the truth. They do so to hide from themselves.“ Gary D. Barnett
“self-interest is the mainspring of human nature. It must be clearly understood that this word is used here to designate a universal, incontestable fact, resulting from the nature of man, and not an adverse judgment, as would be the word selfishness.”
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