Daily(ish) Ayn Rand Quote
Posted by jemartynowski on May 12, 2009
A mixed economy is a mixture of freedom and controls—with no principles, rules, or theories to define either. Since the introduction of controls necessitates and leads to further controls, it is an unstable, explosive mixture which, ultimately, has to repeal the controls or collapse into dictatorship. A mixed economy has no principles to define its policies, its goals, its laws—no principles to limit the power of its government. The only principle of a mixed economy—which, necessarily, has to remain unnamed and unacknowledged—is that no one’s interests are safe, everyone’s interests are on a public auction block, and anything goes for anyone who can get away with it. Such a system—or, more precisely, anti-system—breaks up a country into an ever-growing number of enemy camps, into economic groups fighting one another for self preservation in an indeterminate mixture of defense and offense, as the nature of such a jungle demands. While, politically, a mixed economy preserves the semblance of an organized society with a semblance of law and order, economically it is the equivalent of the chaos that had ruled China for centuries: a chaos of robber gangs looting—and draining—the productive elements of the country.
-From Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal by Ayn Rand
Wow. If this doesn’t describe “how we got here” as people like to say these days, nothing does. Forgive me for not posting this excerpt earlier, as it is one of the most importantly prophetic from Rand’s writings.
What I like about this commentary is that it not only describes why our economy is crappy but why our political system is crappy, as well. “Such a system … breaks up a country into an ever-growing number of enemy camps…” It is exactly why I about blow a fuse when people tell me that the Constitution and our founders intended for us to be a formless blob that can constantly change. Wrong. It is a set of rules that LIMITS the government’s powers and outlines what they are supposed to do. If followed, we’d be much better off. This is why we must keep fighting for our individual freedoms no matter what our oppressors say or do to try and shut us up.
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