Dagny Taggart on Punishing Ability

“Nothing can make self-immolation proper. Nothing can give them the right to turn men into sacrificial animals. Nothing can make it moral to destroy the best. One can’t be punished for being good. One can’t be penalized for ability. If that is right, then we’d better start slaughtering one another, because there isn’t any right at all in the world!”

— Dagny Taggart in Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, Part I, Chapter IV

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July 10, 2009 · 11:08 am

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