We have a president who has been without a press conference for 10 weeks and whose privacy is protected by the supervisors. Today an intelligence agent jumped in front of Biden to protect him from a question a reporter put on him.
This is all the outrage in power over today’s left Crony politics. The rise of anti-capitalist demigods like AOC was predicted by Ayn Rand in her seminal 1957 novel, Atlas Shrugged. This 1,168-page “doorstop” from a book has inspired many of us. To explain the banality of the democratic class envy rhetoric, I offer the following passage from “Atlas Shrugged” entitled “Francisco’s Money Speech”.
Francisco d’Anconia, an entrepreneur, is confronted at a party by a liberal intruder who indignantly mumbles, “Money is the root of all evil.”
“So do you think money is the root of all evil?” d’Anconia answers. “Have you ever asked what the root of money is? Money is a medium of exchange that can only exist when goods are produced and men are able to produce them. Money is the material form of the principle that men who want to deal with one another must act through trade and give value for value. Money is not the tool of the moochers who tearfully claim your product or the looters who forcibly take it from you. Money is only made possible by the men who produce. Is that what you think is bad
“When you accept money as payment for your work, you are doing so only with the conviction that you will trade it for the product of other people’s work. It is not the moochers or looters who give value to money. Neither an ocean of tears nor all the weapons in the world can turn those notes in your wallet into the bread you will need to survive tomorrow. These notes, which should have been gold, are a token of honor – your claim to the energy of the men who produce. Your wallet is your hope that somewhere in the world around you there are men who do not adhere to this moral principle that is the root of money. Is that what you think is bad But you say that money is made by the strong at the expense of the weak? What strength do you mean It’s not the strength of arms or muscles. Wealth is the product of man’s ability to think. Is there money then being made by the man who invents an engine at the expense of those who did not invent it? Is money made by the intelligent at the expense of the fool? By being able at the expense of the incompetent? By the ambitious at the expense of the lazy? Money is made – before it can be pillaged or botched – through the effort of every honest man, everyone to the extent of his ability. An honest man is one who knows that he cannot consume more than he has produced.
“Money requires you to recognize that men must work for their own benefit, not for their own injury, for their gain, not for their loss – the recognition that they are not pack animals born to the weight of their misery to bear – that you have to offer them values, not wounds – that the mutual bond between men is not an exchange of suffering, but an exchange of goods. Money demands that you sell, not your weakness for the stupidity of men but your talent for their common sense; It requires you to buy, not the worst they have, but the best your money can find. And when men live off trading – with common sense rather than violence as the final arbiter – the best product, the best service, the man with the best judgment and ability wins – and a man’s level of productivity is his level Reward. Is that what you think is bad “