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"So you think money is the root of all evil?"
'Atlas Shrugged' | 1957 | Ayn Rand

Posted on 11/27/2001 4:25:49 PM PST by Orion78

said Francisco d' Anconia. "Have you ever asked what is the root of money? Money is a tool of exchange, which can't exist unless there are goods produced and men able to produce them. Money is the material shape of the prinicple that men who wish to deal with one another must deal by trade and give value for value. Money is not the tool of moochers, who claim your product by tears, or of the looters, who take it from you by force. Money is made possible only by the men who produce. Is this what you consider evil?

When you accept money in payment for your effort, you do so only on the conviction that you will exchange it for the product of the effort of others. It is not the moochers or the looters who give value to money. Not an ocean of tears nor all the guns in the world can transform those pieces of paper in your wallet into the bread you will need to survive tommorow. Those pieces of paper, which should have been gold, are a token of honor - your claim upon the energy of the men who produce. Your wallet is your statement of hope that somewhere in the world around you there are men who will not default on the moral principle which is the root of money. Is this what you consider evil?

Have you ever looked for the root of production? Take a look at an electric generator and dare tell yourself that it was created by the muscular effort of unthinking brutes. Try to grow a seed of wheat without the knowledge left to you by men who had to discover it for the first time. Try to obtain your food by mean of nothing but physical motions - and you'll learn that man's mind is the root of all goods produced and of all wealth that has ever existed on earth.

But you say that money is made by the strong at the expense of the weak? What strenght do you mean? It is not the strenght of guns or muscle. Wealth is the product of man's capacity to think. Then is money made by a man who invents a motor at the expense of those who did not invent it? Is money made by the intelligent at the expense of the fools? By the able at the expense of the incompetent? By the ambitious at the expense of the lazy? Money is made - before it can be looted or mooched - made by the effort of every honest man, each to the extent of his ability. An honest man is one who knows that he can't consume more than he has produced.

To trade by means of money is the code of the men of good will. Money rests on the axiom that every man is the owner of his mind and his effort. Money allows no power to prescribe the value of your effort except the voluntary choice of the man who is willing to trade you his effort in return. Money premits you to obtain for your goods and your labor that which they are worth to the men who buy them, but no more. Money permits no deals except those to mutual benefit by the unforced judgment of the traders. Money demands of you the recognition that men must work for their own benefit, not for their own injury, for their gain, not their loss - the recognition that they are not beasts of burden, born to carry the weight of your misery - that you must offer them values, not wounds - that the common bond among men is not the exchange of suffering, but the exchange of goods. Money demands that you sell, not your weakness to men's stupidity, but your talent to their reason; it demands that you buy, not the shoddiest they offer, but the best that your money can find. And when men live by trade - with reason, not force, as their final arbiter - it is the best product that wins, the best preformance, the man of best judgment and hightest ability - and the degree of a man's productiveness is the degree of his reward. The is the code of existance whose tool and symbol is money. Is this what you consider evil?

But money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as a driver. It will give you the means for the satisfaction of your desires, but it will not provide you with desires. Money is the scourge of the men who attempt to reverse the law of causality - the men who seek to replace the mind by seizing the products of the mind.

Money will not purchase happiness for the man who has no concept of what he wants: money will not give him a code of values, if he's evaded the knowledge of what to value, and it will not provide him with a purpose, if he's evaded the choice of what to seek. Money will not buy intelligence for the fool, or admiration for the coward, or respect for the incompetent. The man who attempts to purchase the brain of his superiors to serve him, with his money replacing his judgment, ends up becoming the victim of his inferiors. The men of intelligence desert him, but the cheats and the frauds come flocking to him, drawn by a law which he has not discovered: that no man may be smaller than his money. Is this the reason why you call it evil?

Only the man who does not need it, is fit to inherit wealth - the man who would make his own fortune no matter where he started. If an heir is equal to his money, it serves him; if not, it destroys him. But you look on and you cry the money corrupted him. Did it? Or did he corrupt his money? Do not envy a worthless heir; his weath is not yours and you would have done no better with it. Do not think that is should have been distributed among you; loading the world with fifty parasites instead of one, would not bring back the dead virtue which was the fortune. Money is a living power that dies without its root. Money will not serve the mind that cannot match it. Is this the reason why you call it evil?

Money is your means of survival. The verdict you pronounce upon the source of your livelihood is the verdict you have pronounced upon your life. If the source is corrupt, you have damned your own existence. Did you get your money by fraud? By pandering to men's vices or men's stupidity? By catering to fools, in the hope of getting more than your ability deserves? By lowering your standards? By doing work you despise for purchasers you scorn? If so, then your money will not give you a moment's or penny's worth of joy. Then all the things you buy will become, not a tribue to you, but a reproach; not an achievement, but a reminder of shame. Then you'll scream that money is evil. Evil, because it would not pinch-hit for your self-respect? Evil because it would not let you enjoy your depravity? Is this the root of your hatred of money?

Money will always remain an effect and refuse to replace you as the cause. Money is the product of virtue, but it will not give you virtue and it will not redeem your vices. Money will not give you the unearned, neither in matter nor in spirit. Is this the root of your hatred of money?

Or did you say it's the love of money that's the root of all evil? To love a thing is to know and love its nature. To love money is to know and love the fact that money is the creation of the best power within you, and your passkey to trade your effort for the effort of the best among men. It's the person who would sell his soul for a nickle, who is loudest in proclaiming his hatred of money - and he has good reason to hate it. The lovers of money are willing to work for it. They know that are able to deserve it.

Let me give you a tip on a clue to men's characters: the man who damns money has obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it has earned it

Run for your life from any man who tells you that money is evil. That sentence is the leper's bell of an approaching looter. So long as men live together on earth and need means to deal with one another - their only substitute, if they abandon money, is the muzzle of a gun.

But money demands of you the highest virtues, if you wish to make it or keep it. Men who have no courage, pride or self-esteem, men who have no moral sense of their right to their money and are not willing to defend it as they defend their life, men who apologize for being rich - will not remain rich for long. They are the natural bait for the swarms of looters that stay under rocks for centuries, but come crawling out at the first smell of a man who begs to be forgiven for the guilt of owning wealth. They will hasten to relieve him of the guilt - and of his life, as he deserves.

Then you will see the rise of men of the double standard - the men who live by force, yet count on those who live by trade to create the value of their looted money - the men who are hitchhikers of virtue. In a moral society, these are the criminals, and the statutes are written to protect you against them. But when a society establishes criminals-by-right and looters-by-law - men who use force to seize the wealth of disarmed victims - the money becomes its creators' avenger. Such looters believe it safe to rob defenseless men, once they've passed a law to disarm them. But their loot becomes the magnet for other looters, who get it from them as they got it. Then the race goes, not to the ablest at production, but to those most ruthless at brutality. When force is the standard, the murderer wins over the pickpocket. And then that society vanishes, in a spread of ruins and slaughter.

Do you wish to know wether that day is comming? Watch the money. Money is the barometer of a society's virtue. When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion - when you seen 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 know that your society is doomed. Money is so noble a medium that it does not compete with guns and it does not make terms with brutality. It will not permit a country to survive as half-property, half-loot.

Whenever destroyers appear among men, they start by destroying money, for money is men's protection and the base of moral existance. Destroyers seize gold and leave to its owners a counterfeit pile of paper. This kills all objective standards and delivers men into arbitrary power of an arbitrary setter of values. Gold was an objective value, an equivalent of wealth produced. Paper is a mortgage on wealth that does not exist, backed by a gun aimed at those who are expected to produce it. Paper is a check drawn by legal looters upon an account which is not theirs: upon the virtue of the victims. Watch for the day when it bounces, marked: 'Acount overdrawn.'

When you have made evil the means of survival, do not expect men to remain good. Do not expect them to stay moral and lose their lives for the purpose of becoming the fodder of the immoral. Do not expect them to produce, when production is punished and looting rewarded. Do not ask, 'Who is destroying the world?' You are

You stand in the midst of the greatest achievements of the greatest productive civilization and you wonder why it's crumbling around you, while you're damning its life-blood: money. You look upon money as the savages did before you, and you wonder why the jungle is creeping back to the edges of your cities. Throughout men's history, money was always seized by looters of one brand or another, whose names changed, but whose method remained that same: to seize wealth by force and keep the producers bound, demeaned, defamed, deprived of honor. That phrase about the evil of money, which you mouth with such righteous recklessness, comes from a time when wealth was produced by the labor of slaves - slaves who repeated the motions once discovered by somebody's mind and left unimproved for centuries. So long as production was ruled by force, and wealth was obtained by conquest, there was little to conquer. Yet through all the centuries of stagnation and starvation, men exalted the looters, as aristocrats of the sword, as aristocrats of birth, of aristocrats of the bureau, and despised the producers, as slaves, as traders, as shopkeepers, as industrialists.

To the glory of mankind, there was, for the first and only time in history, a country of money - and I have no higher, more revernt tribute to pay America, for this means: a country of reason, justice, freedom, production, achievement. For the first time, man's mind and money were set free, and there was no fortunes-by-conquest, but only fortunes-by-work, and instead of swordsmen and slaves, there appeared the real maker of wealth, the greatest worker, the highest type of human being - the self-made man - the American industrialist.

If you ask me to name the proudest distinction of Americans, I would choose -because it contains all the others - the fact that they were the people who created the phrase 'to make money.' No other language or nation had ever used these words before; men had always thought of wealth as a static quantity - to be seized, begged, inherited, shared, looted or obtained as a favor. Americans were the first to understand that wealth has to be created. The words 'to make money' hold the essence of human morality.

Yet these were the words for which Americans were denounced by the rotted cultures of the looters' continents. Now the looters' credo has brought you to regard your proudest achievements as a hallmark of shame, your prosperity as guilt, your greatest men, the industrialists, as blackguards, and your magnificent factories as the product and property of muscular labor, the labor of whip-driven slaves, like the pyramids of Egypt. The rotter who simpers that he sees no difference between the power of the dollar and the power of the whip, ought to learn the difference on his own hide - as, I think, he will.

Until and unless you discover that money is the root of all good, you ask for you own destruction. When money ceases to be the tool by which men deal with one another, then men become tools of men. Blood, whips and guns - or dollars. Take your choice - there is no other - and your time is running out"


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1 posted on 11/27/2001 4:25:49 PM PST by Orion78
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To: Orion78
No, it's "The love of money which is the root of all evil"
2 posted on 11/27/2001 4:27:58 PM PST by He Rides A White Horse
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To: Orion78; StoneColdGOP; dubyaismypresident; Darth Sidious; rockchalkjayhawk; Texaggie79...
BUMP!
3 posted on 11/27/2001 4:28:30 PM PST by Cool Guy
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To: Orion78
Which of course translates to "greed'..........
4 posted on 11/27/2001 4:29:17 PM PST by He Rides A White Horse
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To: Orion78
The Gold Standard, A Breakdown by Alan Greenspan
5 posted on 11/27/2001 4:29:25 PM PST by Orion78
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To: Cool Guy
ping
6 posted on 11/27/2001 4:30:00 PM PST by He Rides A White Horse
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To: He Rides A White Horse
Thank you. Isn't it amazing that misquoting the Bible is one of the favorite ways of discreditting it?

FP

7 posted on 11/27/2001 4:30:13 PM PST by FourPeas
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To: Orion78
Duly noted and a decent article. However, the correctly translated phrase, from 1 Timothy 6:10, is "For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil...." Quite a different meaning, though not as controversial a phrase.
8 posted on 11/27/2001 4:30:52 PM PST by DallasMike
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To: He Rides A White Horse
You didnt actually read it did you?

"Or did you say it's the love of money that's the root of all evil? To love a thing is to know and love its nature. To love money is to know and love the fact that money is the creation of the best power within you, and your passkey to trade your effort for the effort of the best among men. It's the person who would sell his soul for a nickle, who is loudest in proclaiming his hatred of money - and he has good reason to hate it. The lovers of money are willing to work for it. They know that are able to deserve it."

9 posted on 11/27/2001 4:31:05 PM PST by Orion78
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To: Orion78
One of my favorite passages from a totally awesome book. Thanks for posting it - might be time to pull that one off the bookshelf again. :)
11 posted on 11/27/2001 4:31:13 PM PST by right-sidedNYer
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To: FourPeas
The usual mechanism, of course.........
12 posted on 11/27/2001 4:31:15 PM PST by He Rides A White Horse
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To: He Rides A White Horse
Thanks for the ping!
13 posted on 11/27/2001 4:31:46 PM PST by Cool Guy
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To: FourPeas
...but hey, if you don't want to speak truth, there are always lies.
14 posted on 11/27/2001 4:32:24 PM PST by He Rides A White Horse
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To: Cool Guy
You're welcome.
15 posted on 11/27/2001 4:33:01 PM PST by He Rides A White Horse
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To: Orion78
Hello...

The "Love" of Money...

16 posted on 11/27/2001 4:34:18 PM PST by VaBthang4
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To: Orion78
Radix malorum est cupiditas. The love of money is the root of all evil. That at least is the saying.
17 posted on 11/27/2001 4:35:38 PM PST by Gimlet
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To: VaBthang4
I'm beginning to think how lousy it must feel to type such a lenghthy article, only to have it blown away by post 16.
18 posted on 11/27/2001 4:36:27 PM PST by He Rides A White Horse
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To: VaBthang4
Please, do try read it before you comment. See post #9
19 posted on 11/27/2001 4:39:20 PM PST by Orion78
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To: Orion78
Perhaps not.............okay, I'll just stand by.
20 posted on 11/27/2001 4:40:01 PM PST by He Rides A White Horse
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To: He Rides A White Horse
Should we take it a step further?

No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Matt 6:24

21 posted on 11/27/2001 4:40:12 PM PST by kickme
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To: He Rides A White Horse
10-4

For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 1 Tim 6:10

22 posted on 11/27/2001 4:42:28 PM PST by kickme
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To: He Rides A White Horse
"The love of money which is the root of all evil"

Score, goal, game over.

It should be also noted though that money can also be a powerful facilitator of good, but in order to get the good, one must give away the money for it.

23 posted on 11/27/2001 4:43:00 PM PST by Elihu Burritt
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To: kickme
Here's an idea........let's dig in here..........
24 posted on 11/27/2001 4:43:05 PM PST by He Rides A White Horse
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To: Orion78
Some old threads that may be of interest:
The Trial of Hank Rearden .
Francisco's ``Money Speech'' .
25 posted on 11/27/2001 4:44:10 PM PST by PatrickHenry
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To: Elihu Burritt
See post #9
26 posted on 11/27/2001 4:45:11 PM PST by Orion78
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To: He Rides A White Horse
Thanks to all of you here who have corrected the record. Next we'll be seeing a thread on the lines of "God helps those who help themselves...."
27 posted on 11/27/2001 4:45:58 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: PatrickHenry
Thank you for the links, you have made typing such a lenghthy article worthwhile.
28 posted on 11/27/2001 4:48:27 PM PST by Orion78
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To: Orion78
Money is one of the many mediums for power. Nothing more. Nothing less.

Money by itself, it no more dangerous than a gun by itself. It is who has money and in what way that person can be use money is when it can be dangerous.

29 posted on 11/27/2001 4:50:15 PM PST by Paul C. Jesup
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To: Orion78
"To love money is to know and love the fact that money is the creation of the best power within you"

Money has nothing to do with the best power in us!

30 posted on 11/27/2001 4:50:46 PM PST by kickme
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And then that society vanishes, in a spread of ruins and slaughter.

Do you wish to know wether that day is comming? Watch the money. Money is the barometer of a society's virtue. When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion - when you seen 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 know that your society is doomed. Money is so noble a medium that it does not compete with guns and it does not make terms with brutality. It will not permit a country to survive as half-property, half-loot.

Who out there in la la land can see that we are right in the middle of the same exact situation as the one above???

31 posted on 11/27/2001 4:55:31 PM PST by Ferris
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To: kickme
Again, please do try to read it before you comment.

"To trade by means of money is the code of the men of good will. Money rests on the axiom that every man is the owner of his mind and his effort. Money allows no power to prescribe the value of your effort except the voluntary choice of the man who is willing to trade you his effort in return. Money premits you to obtain for your goods and your labor that which they are worth to the men who buy them, but no more. Money permits no deals except those to mutual benefit by the unforced judgment of the traders. Money demands of you the recognition that men must work for their own benefit, not for their own injury, for their gain, not their loss - the recognition that they are not beasts of burden, born to carry the weight of your misery - that you must offer them values, not wounds - that the common bond among men is not the exchange of suffering, but the exchange of goods. Money demands that you sell, not your weakness to men's stupidity, but your talent to their reason; it demands that you buy, not the shoddiest they offer, but the best that your money can find. And when men live by trade - with reason, not force, as their final arbiter - it is the best product that wins, the best preformance, the man of best judgment and hightest ability - and the degree of a man's productiveness is the degree of his reward. This is the code of existance whose tool and symbol is money. Is this what you consider evil?"

32 posted on 11/27/2001 4:56:43 PM PST by Orion78
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To: Orion78
Thanks for all the work you went to. This,IMO,is the best passage in Atlas Shrugged,and one of the best that Rand ever wrote. I'm not a huge fan of the lady,but she outdid herself with this one.
33 posted on 11/27/2001 4:57:11 PM PST by sawsalimb
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To: Orion78; Elihu Burritt; He Rides A White Horse; anniegetyourgun
See post #9

So, whenever someone points out that it is the LOVE of money that is the root of all evil, you refer them to post #9?

And the words in post #9 are "proof" that the love of money is NOT the root of all evil, is that correct?

Hmmm....whom should I believe? The Apostle Paul or Ayn Rand? Hmmm....the Word of God, or some dead philosopher? Hmmm...

34 posted on 11/27/2001 4:58:27 PM PST by Skooz
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To: Orion78
"Or did you say it's the love of money that's the root of all evil? To love a thing is to know and love its nature. To love money is to know and love the fact that money is the creation of the best power within you, and your passkey to trade your effort for the effort of the best among men. It's the person who would sell his soul for a nickle, who is loudest in proclaiming his hatred of money - and he has good reason to hate it. The lovers of money are willing to work for it. They know that are able to deserve it."

No, I didn't read it. She gets somewhat belabored and fuzzy most of the time. I don't, for instance, by the nonsense of the equation that a person who will sell his soul for a nickel is the person who hates money. In fact, it is usually the person who is willing to sell his soul for a nickel who most loudly proclaims his love of money. In fact, there is only so much actual work anyone person can do to earn money, and beyond that point, the money gained is not earned by work, but by other means.

For instance, I know for a fact my lawyer does not earn his 400 dollars an hour, neither does he hesitate to charge me two hours for every one he does actually sit on his butt and talk on the phone. By the same token, he regularly gives away his soul for free. That's why I hire him.

35 posted on 11/27/2001 5:00:14 PM PST by Elihu Burritt
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To: Orion78
Money is:

1) A medium of exchange. That is, it can be exchanged for other things of value. Money takes many forms. I can be paper of a certain size printed with a particular design, a large stone on Easter island, or a coin of a particular size and weight of a particular element. It doesn't matter as long as the buyer and seller agree on the value of the money.

2) A store of value. That is, if you trade something for money, the money acts a store for the value of that which it was traded for. If you trade sheep (or anything else) for money, theoretically, it could be traded back for the same number of sheep at a later time, all other things being equal.

3) A means of accounting. Money provides a fungible (equally divisible into very small units) means of keeping track of economic activity. Try entering half a sheep onto an expense report for entertaining clients.

THESE ARE THE ONLY PROPERTIES OF MONEY. Everything else is derived from these. Money is a THING. It is neither good, nor bad. It is a tool just as a screwdriver, a knife, or a gun is a tool. The only thing that may be considered good, or bad, is the use the tool is put to. In and of itself, it is no different from Playdoh or Playboy.

Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)

LoanPalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)

36 posted on 11/27/2001 5:00:26 PM PST by LonePalm
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To: Skooz
the words in post #9 are "proof" that the love of money is NOT the root of all evil, is that correct?

No. See #35.

37 posted on 11/27/2001 5:01:56 PM PST by Elihu Burritt
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To: Skooz
BUMPUS MAXIMUS - this was an outstanding moment in the story - the chablis and brea crowd deserved to get a big dose of objectivism.
38 posted on 11/27/2001 5:02:40 PM PST by corkoman
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To: Orion78
Great Post!! Thanks for the effort. Rand is great writer.
39 posted on 11/27/2001 5:03:15 PM PST by Kira-USA
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To: FourPeas
Isn't it amazing that misquoting the Bible is one of the favorite ways of discreditting it?

Well said. It makes me tired just to think of trying to correct such ignorance.

As Mark Twain said, "A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes".
40 posted on 11/27/2001 5:05:08 PM PST by balrog666
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To: Skooz
You believe whomever you like. I never asked you to believe anything. The logical argument is there, written in plain english and if you people would read it, all of it, instead of the first paragraph before you speak, I wouldn't have to keep refering you to post #9. I know the phrase is "The love of money is the root of all evil", and so Rand, which I clearly pointed out in POST #9
41 posted on 11/27/2001 5:08:16 PM PST by Orion78
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To: Orion78
You didnt actually read it did you?

Although not addressed to me, you're right - I didn't read it.

"Or did you say it's the love of money that's the root of all evil? To love a thing is to know and love its nature. To love money is to know and love the fact that money is the creation of the best power within you, and your passkey to trade your effort for the effort of the best among men. It's the person who would sell his soul for a nickle, who is loudest in proclaiming his hatred of money - and he has good reason to hate it. The lovers of money are willing to work for it. They know that are able to deserve it."

And I just skimmed this one too. More atheistic tripe from that genius without a soul, Ms. Rand.

To love money is to set it up as one's idol, and is not only sin - but is the epitome of selfish greed.
The author sets up a straw man that to love money is to love work - and to therefore create all kind of wonderful endeavors for mankind. This doesn't fit my experience of people who love money. They tend to find non-productive occupations that produce the maximum amount of revenue for least amount of constructive effort (ambulance chasers; serial sue-ers; etc).
Work is a gift from God. He made Adam a tiller of the garden, and work is the highest form of stewardship. Doing our daily work, whatever and wherever, at our best - is service to God as 'loving our neighbors as ourselves'. Using the gifts of God to their fullest is to acknowledge our gratitude to God.
I like Ms. Rand's politics - but I've never been able to get through more than a paragraph of her writings without getting sick to my stomach. Although claiming to be for freedom she leads her followers into chains:

John 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

42 posted on 11/27/2001 5:08:20 PM PST by El Cid
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To: Orion78
The lovers of money are willing to work for it. They know that are able to deserve it."

Lovers of money are nothing more than slaves of their god. (By the way, that god is named Mammon.)

43 posted on 11/27/2001 5:09:24 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: Orion78
It's the person who would sell his soul for a nickle, who is loudest in proclaiming his hatred of money - and he has good reason to hate it.

She must be talking about Morgan and Carnegie (sp?), googooplexing the "nickle" part of course. The coal miners can still spit Morgan with soot in any language. Long live the unions; corrupt as they are, they're nothing but a balancing force.

44 posted on 11/27/2001 5:09:26 PM PST by Aedammair
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To: Kira-USA
Rand is great writer.

This just stuck out to me, for some reason. Care to guess why?

TG

45 posted on 11/27/2001 5:09:50 PM PST by The Grammarian
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To: Orion78
Leave it to godless Ayn Rand to not even get her criticism correct. It is the LOVE of money that is the rooot of all evil. Coming from one of the forerunners of the material girl gang, I'm not surprised she is so blind. Her love of money was part of her downfall as well as being a staunch atheist.

Geesh, are people so dumb or even stupid not to see through her godless and illogical rantings? Don't answer. It's obvious many don't.

46 posted on 11/27/2001 5:13:45 PM PST by nmh
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To: Orion78
I did read it. Rand offers a limp-wristed attempt at a refutation of the biblical phrase. She fails.
47 posted on 11/27/2001 5:14:26 PM PST by Skooz
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To: nmh
Please SEE POST #9
48 posted on 11/27/2001 5:14:47 PM PST by Orion78
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To: He Rides A White Horse
Godless Ayn has to resort to extremes to try and gain crediibilty from other godless wonders. Ayn Rand is one of hte most illogical women who has ever lived. It's not wonder godless LIBERALtarians identify with her. Like her, they are blind hypocrites as well as fools.
49 posted on 11/27/2001 5:15:56 PM PST by nmh
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To: Skooz
With apologies to Rand for my bracketed inclusion:

Run for your life from any man who tells you that [the 'love' of] money is evil. That sentence is the leper's bell of an approaching looter. So long as men live together on earth and need means to deal with one another - their only substitute, if they abandon money, is the muzzle of a gun.

50 posted on 11/27/2001 5:17:02 PM PST by tpaine
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