Quote – Ayn Rand on Destroyers, Money and Gold

Author, Playwright, novelist, amatuer philosopher, and essayist

Ayn Rand

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

  • Ayn Rand (Alisa Zinov’yevna Rosenbaum)

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