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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