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From Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged: “So you think that money is the root of all evil?” said Francisco d’Anconia. “Have you ever asked what is the. 57 quotes have been tagged as francisco-d-anconia: Ayn Rand: ‘An honest man is one who knows that he tags: atlas-shrugged, francisco-d-anconia, money. Francisco d’Anconia on Money has said that his views on monetary policy are based on Francisco d’Anconia’s speech in Atlas Shrugged.

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And of course money gained dishonestly is morally worthless. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. But this does not mean we equate wealth with moral worth, especially not in the mixed economic system we have today. Money is not the tool of the moochers, who claim your product by tears, or speechh the looters, who take it from you by force.

Money is the product of virtue, but it will not give you virtue and it will not redeem your vices.

Do not envy a worthless heir; his wealth is not yours and you would have done no better with it. Money will not serve the mind that cannot match it. It is not the strength of guns or muscles.

Today, many people, especially on the Left, have misgivings about the qualities of business executives. Similarly, spending money is not in itself morally admirable. In this view, Enron is simply the representative of corrupt, “free market” capitalism. In the Objectivist view, money is not an end-in-itself.

“Francisco’s Money Speech”

You can learn more about her life and philosophy at the website of the Ayn Rand Institute. Americans were the first to understand that wealth has to be created. For instance, her heroine Dagny Taggart, at the launching of the “John Galt” rail line she has built, announces to the press: Money is the scourge of the men who attempt spech reverse the law of causality—the men who seek to replace the mind by seizing the products of the mind.


In a moral society, these are the criminals, and the statutes are written to protect you against them. It is valuable because of what one does with it, and it is morally meaningful because of how one normally obtains it in a free society. That is just what people normally do dancohia a free market.

The seller, in general, must have confidence that his customer will use his product responsibly.

I will have earned it” Atlas Shrugged. Money is made possible only by the men who produce. Under the circumstances, it may be useful to re-examine Objectivism ‘s view that money is a badge of nobility, a view of money that underlies the economic commentaries in this magazine. An heir whose business skill amounts to hiring a responsible private banker is not necessarily evil, but once we ask how he earned his money, we think far less of him than we would of a brilliant entrepreneur.

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By the able at the expense of the incompetent? Is this the root of your hatred of money? When a corporate executive like Enron’s Ken Lay poses as an innovator while building a financial house of cards and deceiving his shareholders and employees, we see the difference between earning money and pretending to earn it. Your wallet is your statement francisxo hope that somewhere in the world around you there are men who will not default on that moral principle which is the root of money, Is this what you consider evil?

America frrancisco distinctive for the generosity of its citizens, but it is pitiful that so much of that generosity goes to add to the hatred of commerce and freedom. They are the natural bait for the swarms of looters that stay under rocks for centuries, but danconua crawling out at the first smell of a man who begs danocnia be forgiven for the guilt of owning wealth.


Take your choice—there is no other—and your time is running out. In American culture we have the healthy sense that there’s nothing wrong in earning a buck, but it is admixed with the moral conviction that money is the root of all evil.

Ayn Rand’s answer was unequivocal: Did he earn it? Money will not serve the mind that cannot match it. Try to grow a seed of wheat without danconla knowledge left to you by men who had to discover it for the first time. The same may be said of those who fdancisco vast sums into religions, which most often teach people that moral worth consists in self-sacrifice and that non-rational faith is the only means to ultimate truth.

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Francisco d’Anconia’s ‘Money Speech’ from Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand

Gold was an objective value, an equivalent of wealth produced. Money is the product of virtue, but it will not give you virtue and it will not redeem your vices. It will not permit a country to survive as half-property, half-loot.

Do not expect them to produce, when production is punished and looting rewarded. In general, one person is not worth less morally simply because he has less money than another.