By Robert Mayhew
After the ebook of Atlas Shrugged in 1957, Ayn Rand sometimes lectured so as deliver her philosophy of Objectivism to a much broader viewers and use it on present cultural and political matters. those taped lectures and the question-and-answer classes that not just extra an eloquent new measurement to Ayn Rand's principles and ideology, yet a clean and spontaneous perception into Ayn Rand herself. by no means prior to to be had in print, this publishing occasion is a suite of these enlightening Q & As.
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As an eloquent joke, I approve. But you’d be better off cutting taxes. [FHF 71] Do you pay income taxes, and if so, why? Yes, because they are taken from me at gunpoint. [FHF 76] How can you advocate increased defense spending given your opposition to taxes? In general, I oppose taxes. You can read my alternative to taxation in Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal. But so long as we have a system of taxation to finance the government, those who don’t want to pay for defense—if they’re honest and have integrity—should leave the country immediately.
The mere existence of laws against fraud would be sufficient protection against the rare dishonest builder, and honest builders would be left free. [APM 62] Should the government license physicians and dentists? The government has no right to pass judgment on the fitness of professionals. So, what would protect us from quacks in a free society? The free judgment of individual men, and the professional organizations and publications that report to its members or subscribers on the standing of various practitioners.
Under laissez-faire capitalism, there would be private, competing post offices, private roads, private schools. Nothing that can be done voluntarily should be done by force. And nothing has ever been done by force properly—except the proper functions of government: the police, the military, the law courts. Those are the functions of a government; they are noncompetitive umpire functions. The government should have no economic functions. [APM 63] Do the two islands off Massachusetts [Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard] have the right to secede?
Ayn Rand Answers: The Best of Her Q & A by Robert Mayhew