Saturday, July 04, 2009

Independence Day

"Businessmen are the one group that distinguishes capitalism and the American way of life from the totalitarian statism that is swallowing the rest of the world.

All the other social groups- workers, farmers, professional men, scientists, soldiers- exist under dictatorships, even though they exist in chains, in terror, in misery, and in progressive self-destruction. But there is no such group as businessmen under a dictatorship. Their place is taken by armed thugs: by bureaucrats and commissars.

Businessmen are the symbol of a free society- the symbol of America.
-Ayn Rand, Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal


Solameanie said...

The only question mark I'd throw into that is Nazi Germany, where I.G. Farben and others apparently helped bankroll Hitler into power.

Palm boy said...

Huh. I don't know much about them.
But I would say that in pre-nazi germany, the economy was very, very screwed up, and Hitler did have a temporary modicum of economic success. So, it worked for a while.

Probably not the answer anyone was searching for. :D