For the first time in over a year, I happened to crack open my dog-eared and highlighted copy of Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. The beauty of her writing is striking – even more so when you realize English was not her native tongue. If you have not read the book, or have not read it lately, READ IT! Because today, you are living it.
Here is an excerpt from the book below. This passage perfectly describes the Progressives among us.
[He] assumed a halo of virtue by practicing charity with wealth which he did not own, by giving away goods which he had not produced, by making others pay for the luxury of his pity. He is the man who became the symbol of the idea that need, not achievement, is the source of rights, that we don’t have to produce, only to want, that the earned does not belong to us, but the unearned does. He became a justification for every mediocrity who, unable to make his own living, had demanded the power to dispose of the property of his betters, by proclaiming his willingness to devote his life to his inferiors at the price of robbing his superiors. It is this foulest of creatures – the double-parasite who lives on the sores of the poor and the blood of the rich – whom men have come to regard as a moral idea. And this has brought us to a world where the more a man produces, the closer he comes to the loss of all his rights, until, if his ability is great enough, he becomes a rightless creature delivered as prey to any claimant – while in order to be placed above rights, above principles, above morality, placed where anything is permitted to him, even plunder and murder, all a man has to do is to be in need.
Two more books I read recently and enjoyed are Hoodwinked by Jack Cashill, and The Revolt Of The Elites and The Betrayal of Democracy by Christopher Lasch.