From time-to-time — not every weekend but some — I’ll do the briefest commentary on current events that are not necessarily diet fitness related. First up, Francisco d’Aconia, a character from Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. I was reminded of this yesterday in a reader’s email.

Watch money. Money is the barometer of a society’s virtue. When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion—when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing—when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors—when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you—when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice—you may know that your society is doomed.

That was published in 1957. Consider it in the midst of the current financial crisis, “bailout,” and whatnot. Here’s a link, probably among many if you search, where you can read the whole d’Aconia Money is the root of all evil speech.

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  1. greg on September 6, 2010 at 19:32

    It’s a great speech…. Ben Bernanke should read it.

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