Your society is doomed

Posted: May 10, 2013 by Murdock in Book Extracts, Quotes

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.

Cuando advierta que para producir necesita obtener autorización de quienes no producen nada; cuando compruebe que el dinero fluye hacia quienes trafican no con bienes, sino con favores; cuando perciba que muchos se hacen ricos por el soborno y por influencias y no por el trabajo, y que las leyes no lo protegen contra ellos, sino que, por el contrario, son ellos los que están protegidos contra usted; cuando repare en que la corrupción es recompensada y la honradez se convierte en un autosacrificio, entonces podrá afirmar, sin temor a equivocarse, que su sociedad está condenada.

Francisco D’Anconia’s speech “The Meaning of Money ~ Ayn Rand – “Atlas Shrugged”

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