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FILOSOFI | Ayn Rand, den libertarianske filosofen och författaren, fortsätter efter sin död att locka fram ett kultliknande beteende hos sina anhängare.

Så här skriver t.ex. Annie Lööf på sin blogg i juli 2006:

Jag har precis läst färdigt tegelstenen Atlas Shrugged, skriven av Ayn Rand och jag är oerhört imponerad, både av gestalterna i boken men också filosofen Rand som på ett fantastiskt sätt beskrivit sin övertygelse i skönlitterär form.Atlas Shrugged av Ayn Rand

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Atlas Shrugged slår alla mina tidigare böcker med hästlängder. Aldrig tidigare har en bok gjort mig förbannad, galen, hoppfull och tårögd på samma gång.

Sedan lägger Lööf till ett citat av Rand:

”Jag svär vid mitt liv och vid min kärlek till livet att jag aldrig ska leva för någon annan människas skull och aldrig begära att någon annan människa ska leva för min”

Och följande inlägg i november samma år:

Var igår på en magisk kväll. I somras läste jag Ayn Rands AtlasShrugged och blev helt betagen. Boken är den absolut i särklass bästa bok jag har läst. Den ryckte med mig, den berörde och den fick tanken att växa. Igår kväll hade Timbro releaseparty på den svenska pocketutgåvan av boken som egentligen är före Atlas Shrugged: The Fountainhead, Urkällan.

Mattias Svensson, Fellow på Timbro och ansvarig för Ayn Rand-utgivningen introducerade boken och därefter reflekterade några gäster, däribland Johan Hedin kring varsin passage i boken och vad den betytt för dem.

Till jul ska jag läsa boken och jag ser verkligen fram emot det.

Gosh!

För alla som inte har samma intima förhållande till Rands ”objektivisism” och dyrkan av det rationella egenintresset kommer här ett utdrag från tegelstenen Atlas Shrugged (1957):

Money is the material shape of the principle that men who wish to deal with one another must deal by trade and give value for value. Money is not the tool of the 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?

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But you say that money is made by the strong at the expense of the weak? What strength do you mean? It is not the strength of guns or muscles. Wealth is the product of man’s capacity to think. Then is money made by the 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.

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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 nickel, 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 they 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.

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Watch 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 see 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 may know that your society is doomed. Money is so noble a medium that is 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.

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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.

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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 reverent tribute to pay to 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 were 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.” […] The words “to make money” hold the essence of human morality.

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