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Ayn Rand on War & Peace

 


Capitalism is fundamentally opposed to war

Laissez-faire capitalism is the only social system based on the recognition of individual rights and, therefore, the only system that bans force from social relationships. By the nature of its basic principles and interests, it is the only system fundamentally opposed to war. Men who are free to produce, have no incentive to loot; they have nothing to gain from war and a great deal to lose. Economically, wars cost money, in a free economy, where wealth is privately owned, the costs of war come out of the income of private citizens. A citizen cannot hope to recoup his own financial losses by winning the war.
Source: The Ayn Rand Lexicon, by Harry Binswanger, p.526 , Jan 1, 1988

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