The Last Capitalist

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The Daily(ish) Ayn Rand Quote is Back!

Posted by jemartynowski on April 20, 2009

Be it a highwayman who confronts a traveler with the ultimatum: “Your money or your life,” or a politician who confronts a country with the ultimatum: “Your children’s education or your life,” the meaning of that ultimatum is: “Your mind or your life”—and neither is possible to man without the other.

-From For the New Intellectual by Ayn Rand

This is one of my favorite quotes because it points out the complete nonsense that is our government today.  Those in power say to you, “we need this or that, because it is obviously good.”  The problem is that the things they say are needed aren’t necessarily best done by the government.  Plus, by forcing us to accept their opinion of the matter, they are not allowing us to use our own mind by threat of force against our body.  Without one, there cannot be the other. 

Also what I like about it is the use of education as the “obvious” good.  It’s commonly used as a reason to force us to give something up.  Obviously, we all want our kids to be smarter.  How can something trying to achieve that be bad?  Well, when it can only be accomplished by threatening force against individuals for not paying for it, that’s how.

If we logically thought about it, without government forcing education on us, would our kids all be dumb?  No, of course not.  We would find a way to privately fund and push for our kids to be smarter, or at least better prepared to enter the world as a productive individual.  Stop using education as a reason to steal from me,  or I’ll kick your ass.  (See what I did there?)

2 Responses to “The Daily(ish) Ayn Rand Quote is Back!”

  1. Mona said

    I’d like to start by explaining that I NEVER comment on blogs. Ever. However, yours just gave me a glimmer of hope–maybe, just maybe, there are enough Americans like us left. I feel like I need to encourage the sentiment.

    Now, with that said, who the hell are you, and why aren’t you running for some sort of political office? (Are you?)

    (Feel free to respond via email.)

  2. tanushree said

    I love the quote. I better read “for the new intellectual”. 🙂

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