Ayn Rand
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The Virtue of Selfishness. "The Objectivist ethics proudly advocates and upholds rational selfishness . . . 
It holds that the rational interest of men do not clash - that there is no conflict of interests among men . . . who deal with one another as traders, giving value for value.
The principle of trade is the only rational ethical principle for all human relationships, personal and social, private and public, spiritual and material. It is the principle of justice."1a*

"Without property rights, no other rights are possible."1b AUGUSTINE MACHIAVELLI ROUSSEAU PAINE

"Today, few people know what capitalism is . . . "1c MARX SCHUMPETER FRIEDMAN AYOUB

"All credit transactions are contractual agreements. . . Only a very small part of the gigantic network of credit transactions ever ends up in court, but the entire network is made possible by the existence of the courts, and would collapse overnight without that protection."1d* PLATO KANT RICARDO ZINN


* Italics in the original.

1 Ayn Rand (1905-1982). The Virtue of Selfishness: A New Concept of Egoism. With additional articles by Nathaniel Branden. Ayn Rand, 1961, 1964. The Objectivist Newsletter, Inc., 1962, 1963, 1964. New York, NY: Penguin Books USA, Inc. (A Signet Book.)
a The Objectivist Ethics, at 34.
b The Objectivist Ethics, at 36.
c The Objectivist Ethics, at 37.
d Government Financing in a Free Society, at 136.