None of us here in Chaos Manor has been able to understand objectivism". Eddy's Mom, who can explain, in detail, the differences between Aristotle and Plato and reminds Eddy and me regularly about Wittgenstein and his tiger, thinks Ms. Rand should have spent a little more time working out the difficulties inherent in asking the universe to match our phenomenological desires. Eddy has never gotten more than 20 pages into any of the woman's novels; her taste in fiction runs much more to F. Scott Fitzgerald. And yet, all of us think the woman understood, even better than Orwell, what the 20th century and the present continuation of that age have been about.

"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 corrupting being rewarded and honesty becoming self-sacrifice - you may know that your society is doomed."





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