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Ayn Rand on Welfare & Poverty

 


Impossible right to economic security implies slave labor

Morally, the promise of an impossible 'right' to economic security is an infamous attempt to abrogate the concept of rights. It can and does mean only one thing: a promise to enslave the men who produce, for the benefit of those who don't. If some men are entitled by right to the products of the work of others, it means that those others are deprived of rights and condemned to slave labor.
Source: "The Ayn Rand Lexicon, " by Harry Binswanger, p.529 , Jan 1, 1998

Capitalism eliminates poverty

Capitalism has created the highest standard of living ever known on earth. The evidence is incontrovertible. The contrast between west and east Berlin is the latest demonstration, like a laboratory experiment for all to see. Yet those who are loudest in proclaiming their desire to eliminate poverty are loudest in denouncing capitalism. Man's well being is not their goal.
Source: The Ayn Rand Lexicon, by Harry Binswanger, p. 60 , Jan 1, 1988

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