Austen Heller was saying unemotionally

Posted: January 29, 2011 in political quotes
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“…and we must consider,” Austen Heller was saying unemotionally, “that since–unfortunately–we are forced to live together, the most important thing for us to remember is that the only way in which we can have any law at all is to have as little of it as possible. I see no ethical standard to which to measure the whole unethical conception of a State, except in the amount of time, of thought, of money, of effort and of obedience, which a society extorts from its every member. Its value and its civilization are in inverse ratio to that extortion. There is no conceivable law by which a man can be forced to work on any terms except those he chooses to set. There is no conceivable law to prevent him from setting them–just as there is none to force his employer to accept them. The freedom to agree or disagree is the foundation of our kind of society–and the freedom to strike is a part of it. I am mentioning this as a reminder to a certain Petronius from Hell’s Kitchen, an exquisite bastard who has been rather noisy lately about telling us that this strike represents a destruction of law and order.” – Ayn Rand (1905-1982) Author

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