Philosophy, June 5th

“Every man builds his world in his own image. He has the power to choose, but no power to escape the necessity of choice. If he abdicates his power, he abdicates the status of man, and the grinding chaos of the irrational is what he achieves as his sphere of existence – by his own choice.” – Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

“Capitalist production only really begins, as we have already seen, when each individual capital simultaneously employs a comparatively large number of workers, and when, as a result, the labor-process is carried on an extensive scale and yields relatively large quantities of products. Many workers working together, at the same time, in one place (or, if you like, in the same field of labor), in order to produce the same sort of commodity under the command of the same capitalist, constitutes the starting-point of capitalist production. This is true both historically and conceptually. Regarding the mode of production itself manufacture can hardly be distinguished, in its earliest stages, from the handicraft trades of the guilds, except by the greater number of workers simultaneously employed by the same individual capital. It is merely an enlargement of the workshop of the master craftsman of the guilds.” – Karl Marx, Das Kapital

“The individual consumption of the worker is unproductive even from his own point of view, for it simply reproduces the needy individual: it is productive to the capitalist and to the state, since it is the production of a force which produces wealth for other people.” – Karl Marx, Das Kapital

“Just as a 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 to keep the results – which means: the right of property. The modern mystics of muscle who offer you the fraudulent alternative of ‘human rights’ versus ‘property rights’, as if one could exist without the other, are making a last, grotesque attempt to revive the doctrine of soul versus body. Only a ghost can exist without material property; only a slave can work with no right to the product of his effort. The doctrine that ‘human rights’ are superior to ‘property rights’ simply means that some human beings have the right to make property out of others; since the competent have nothing to gain from the incompetent, it means the right of the incompetent to own their betters and to use them as productive cattle. Whoever regards this as human and right, has no right to the title of human.” – Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

“There were divers other minute circumstances to be observed, but, all of them of small importance and concern to the truth of history, though’ indeed nothing that is true can be impertinent: however, if any objection can be started to the truth of this, it can be no other, but that the author was an Arabian, of a nation but too much addicted to falsehood, though’ as they are at present our enemies, it may be supposed, that he has rather failed than exceeded in the representation of our hero’s exploits: for, in my opinion, when he had frequently opportunities, and calls to exercise his pen in the praise of such an illustrious knight, he seems to be industriously silent on the subject; a circumstance very little to his commendation, for, all historians ought to be punctual, candid and dispassionate, that neither interest, rancor, fear, or affection may mislead them from the road of truth, whose mother is history, that rival of time, that depository of great actions, witness of the past, example and pattern of the present, and oracle of future ages.” – Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote

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