@Pacwoob Which corporate businesses? Some are creepy fascistic, bureaucratic entities in cahoots with the congress or state governments. Some are honest and give value for value and are highly responsible. In fact a huge number of businesses are honest traders. Atlas Shrugged makes this clear. Jim Taggart, Orren Boyle are moochers, parasites despite the appearance that they are free market businessmen, when in fact they produce little and gain a lot from connections in Washington and pull everywhere. Think Skilling, Madoff, AIG, Citibank and most of the Congress today. The innovators, the producers have nothing to gain by wasting their time on politics. Some are forced out of business by the looter types, who saddle them with phony lawsuits coming from the FTC, the Anti-trust division, fraudulent class action suits (think of the Texas silica cases, and the asbestos cases, now known to have been 98% fraudulent) and suits such as the one against Rambus, which company was years ahead of the comptetition, but were stopped in their tracks through suits and legislation, which things allowed the comptetion time to catch up, to 'equalize' the playing field. Halting honest scientific progress does more damage than you realize, in terms of lost jobs and corruption of the ecosphere, however you define that. The Silica and Asbestos cases, fraud almost all, destroyed over twenty corporations. Away went thousands of jobs, lost tax revnues, etc. Johns Manville is an example, defrauded in court and attacked by the lawyers and the legislatures. THIS IS A NEW PARADIGM. STOP thinking in Marxist terms, take note that the only true monopolies come into being with the aid of the state, the government. Example: natural gas and oil extracted from shale. The legislators and creepy outfits like EXXON are lining up and loading legislative and legal guns to try to take a share of this amazing new technology away from the innovators, the pioneers of the new technology. I refer you to: http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/gas-revolution_557014.html?page=1 If you don't get it then, you won't and you may as well move to a country already destroyed by your immature notion that all business is fundamentally exploitative. Cuba, Ghana, Libya, Burma, Russia... go... you'll find comrades there, and you'll all lead impoverished lives. Cheers.
@dougy9 There are poor parasites and there are big business parasites. There are middle=class parastites...in other words, all kinds of people who do whatever possible not to EARN what they get but to find a way to have it given to them, to steal it, to embezzle it, etc. Charity is a private matter, and of course, most people are charitable, when they can afford to do so. But it is not right when someone in Washington makes that decision for you, leaving you with LESS with which to be charitable. The whole point of Atlas Shrugged is that we should all be traders of value for value; win-win. Of course, in emergencies, we then help. If you think that the market is unregulated, you've been lied to: the banks alone have some 52,000 rules to follow. It did not help, because a bureaucracy with that insane number of rules is open to fraud, because nobody has the brain power to keep up with that kind of number, nor the time. When a rule or two are removed, everyone yells, "Deregulation!" Hardly. And usually such removal is accompanied by a few new rules as part of a legislative compromise. A government should need few rules to enforce what it should, namely, that nobody has the right to initiate the use of force or fraud or threats of force upon anybody else. It's that simple, and not understood in the universities, the government and the schools.
@erikonymous Notice that as government involvement in our lives increases, so does destitution and destruction of the economy. All attempts to 'help' us stifle honest producers and undermine the ability of producers to create jobs and...produce. The government and the parasites who are in bed with the government (Yes, many of the banks are parasitical) have created this depression. No amount of printed money or bailouts (to be repayed by taxpayers in the future) can solve the crisis. We need to elect people who understand that the proper function of a government is to be tough on criminal activties and fraud, that is, acts that involve force, threats of force and fraud, for those are the ways in which human beings are hurt. A lot of fraud has been encouraged by or made possible by the people in office, through unconstitutional legislation, through acts by administrative agencies that do not have to justify anything that they do, and other bureaucratic trickery. The 'businesses' that lobby for this stuff cease to be traders, cease to be true businesses once the state is used to assist them in fraud. True traders do not go to Washington to gain advantage over their competitors. They fight the fair fight in the marketplace.
@erikonymous Of course you're not a parasite just because you have trouble paying your bills. It's a matter of approach to your life. If you work, you are a producer. When the word parasite is used it refers to those whose primary way of living is to seek entitlements as a way of life. Some people are lazy, some work hard at getting their hands on every 'free' bit of cash possible. If you are a working person, and you are unfortunate or ill, then alone do you really have a right to seek help from others or to use your insurance or even unemployment and disability payments. By parasite one means someone who lives to see what can be had for nothing. Of course, nothing in life is truly free. Somebody has to pay. If you've been a worker, you have put money into social security and have a right to collect unemployment and other benefits. But, the parasite has not made any significant contributions and avoids being productive. You are productive if you work to gain value through voluntary exchanges. Maybe it can be put this way: If you do something honest to gain value and exchange value, you are a producer, whether you're a millionaire or barely getting by. If you are indolent and expect someone to take care of you with no effort to be fair to that person and help him to gain from your exchange, then you are a parasite. It's really simple. Volition is involved. There are millionaires who use lobbying and legislation to gain what they are unwilling to through honest trade and effort. They too, are among the parasites. Bernie Madoff comes to mind. He stole without an exchange of value to his victims. He is a parasite. Parasites think nothing of perpetrating fraud on their fellow human beings. Producers give value to get value. Emergencies and bad luck are not the normal state of things, and here is where kindness and benevolence come in when somebody needs help, but nobody has the right to force anybody to help. Charity is a private concern. Some can afford to be charitable, some cannot. If you are a working person or even a non-working person with good character and have been a trader of values when possible, you will be helped by those who know you. If you are strictly a taker, then things will be more difficult. You reap what you sow. This should not be hard to grasp. Enough said. Nobody should be sacrificed to anybody else. And yet, much of what goes on in Washington and the state capitals, is the government forcing some to take care of others or legislation being used to stealfrom others. I hope that this answers your good question.
Get your facts straight. 1. Rand got rid of Greenspan well before she died. The man was dishonest then and still is, as far as I can tell. He once said that he could not prove that he existed. Enough said?
2. Rand liked Nietzsche's poetic use of language and admiration of ability, but renounced any philosophical tie to him when she read his notions of supermen who were above the law. To be accurate, know that Rand saw him as the other side of the fraudulent coin shared with the Kantians and Hegelians. Where there is sacrifice, there is somebody collecting the bounty, and Nietzsche took that side, as opposed to the Kantian/Hegelian axis of rationalism, which opted for being the sacrificial lambs (not possible, and a con game, for always somebody is there to collect the sacrifice).
It is time that it be recognized that Rand is neither a liberal nor a conservative, nor a libertarian. She was a radical for rationality (not rationalism) and laissez-faire with the limitation that nobody has a right to use force, threats of force or fraud to gain anything at all. Geez. Sounds sort of like the stuff in the Fedreralist papers, the Declaration and parts of the Constitution, doesn't it.
America is becoming a fascist place. Under laissez-faire crony capitalists would be properly called bureaucrats, for the instant that a business allies itself with the state, it loses its status as a business open to the challenge of competing without state help. Geez, everybody. It's easy to see. Either you are a producer or you are a parasite. Take your pick.