Sunday, December 26, 2010

'Atlas Shrugged', 1957

"Did you really think we want those laws observed?" said Dr. Ferris. "We want them to be broken. You'd better get it straight that it's not a bunch of boy scouts you're up against... We're after power and we mean it... There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What's there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted – and you create a nation of law-breakers – and then you cash in on guilt. Now that's the system, Mr. Reardon, that's the game, and once you understand it, you'll be much easier to deal with."


Anonymous said...

I know this is a late comment. So, no one will be reading it.
Mostly this is the whole point of the book of Atlas Shrugged.
these few lines out the the many penned by this Prophet, Ayn Rand. what a powerful book this is as much as the Bible.
because the day IS coming that we will have to choose between what is is, or the way of John Galt. or the human race just might perish off the face of the Universe.

Anonymous said...

Did I already comment about this section of of Atlas Shrugged? If not this is where it is at NOW. Two more years and another 8 years with Biden. Can not wait for the end to come. Heltau