Thursday, April 21, 2016

Was Ayn Rand a Secret Ferengi?


Was author Ayn Rand a secret member of the Ferengi race? And if so, how does this change the critical reception of her oeuvre? Would conservative thinkers still cite Rand as an influence if they knew she was a member of an aggressive alien race? Let's compare Ayn Rand quotes with the Ferengi Rules of Acquisition:

Ayn Rand: "So you think that money is the root of all evil. Have you ever asked what is the root of all money?"

Rules of Acquisition: "Once you have their money, you never give it back."
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Ayn Rand: "Money is the barometer of a society's virtue."

So you think that money is the root of all evil. Have you ever asked what is the root of all money?
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So you think that money is the root of all evil. Have you ever asked what is the root of all money?
Read more at: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/a/ayn_rand.html
So you think that money is the root of all evil. Have you ever asked what is the root of all money?
Read more at: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/a/ayn_rand.html
So you think that money is the root of all evil. Have you ever asked what is the root of all money?
Read more at: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/a/ayn_rand.html
So you think that money is the root of all evil. Have you ever asked what is the root of all money?
Read more at: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/a/ayn_rand.html
So you think that money is the root of all evil. Have you ever asked what is the root of all money?
Read more at: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/a/ayn_rand.html
Rules of Acquisition: "A Ferengi without profit is no Ferengi at all."
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Ayn Rand: "To say "I love you" one must first be able to say the "I."

Rules of Acquisition: "Never place friendship above profit."
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Ayn Rand: "Run for your life from any man who tells you that money is evil. That sentence is the leper's bell of an approaching looter."

Rules of Acquisition: "Dignity and an empty sack is worth the sack"
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Ayn Rand: "Just as man can't exist without his body, so no rights can exist without the right to translate one's rights into reality, to think, to work and keep the results, which means: the right of property."

Rules of Acquisition: " A man is only worth the sum of his possessions"
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Ayn Rand: "If you ask me to name the proudest distinction of Americans, I would choose... the fact that they were the people who created the phrase "to make money." No other language or nation had ever used these words before... Americans were the first to understand that wealth has to be created."

Rules of Acquisition: "Nothing is more important than your health... except for your money"
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Ayn Rand: "Evil requires the sanction of the victim."

Rules of Acquisition: "Employees are the rungs on the ladder of success. Don't hesitate to step on them."
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Ayn Rand: "It is morally obscene to regard wealth as an anonymous, tribal product and to talk about 'redistributing' it."

Rules of Acquisition: "Treat people in your debt like family... exploit them."

 Conclusion: Definitely a Ferengi.

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