The following is an excerpt from Atlas Shrugged by Ayn RandAtlas Shrugged, a novel by Ayn Rand, was published in 1957. It’s theme is: the role of the mind in man’s existence — and, as corollary, the demonstration of a new moral philosophy: the morality of rational self-interest. The story shows what happens to the world when the mind goes on strike — when the men of creative ability, in every profession, quit and disappear. The following is a speech made by one of the novel’s heroes, Francisco d’Anconia, copper industrialist.
1. “So you think that money is the root of all evil?” said Francisco d’Anconia. “Have you ever asked what is the root of money? Money is a tool of exchange, which can’t exist unless there are goods produced and men able to produce them. 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?