The Last Capitalist

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Daily(ish) Ayn Rand Quote

Posted by jemartynowski on March 17, 2009

Observe the nature of today’s alleged peace movements. Professing love and concern for the survival of mankind, they keep screaming that the nuclear-weapons race should be stopped, that armed force should be abolished as a means of settling disputes among nations, and that war should be outlawed in the name of humanity. Yet these same peace movements do not oppose dictatorships; the political views of their members range through all shades of the statist spectrum, from welfare statism to socialism to fascism to communism. This means that they are opposed to the use of coercion by one nation against another, but not by the government of a nation against its own citizens; it means that they are opposed to the use of force against armed adversaries, but not against the disarmed.

-from Capitalism, The Unknown Ideal by Ayn Rand

This is a good argument to this day to the so-called “peace-loving” hippies.  Perhaps my main argument for capitalism to those illogical non-thinkers.  One cannot argue for peace and not laissez-faire capitalism.  They are one and the same.  Laissez-faire capitalism is the only social system that bans force from relationships.  THE ONLY ONE.  All others require forced submission, whether to the government, other individuals, the collective, or whatever you want to call it.  Force, not peace, is required for any other type of government.

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