There are many critics of Ayn Rand and her philosophy of Objectivism. But, aside from the lack of an actual John Galt, the plot of Rand’s Atlas Shrugged is playing out in France. President Francois Hollande has stated that he doesn’t like the rich. As a result, the people who can produce anything (everything) are being punished by the welfare state in France thanks to Hollande’s policies. And the rich are taking their money to play elsewhere.
For all the hatred leveled at Rand and her philosophies, it’s pretty incredible to see the circumstances that her critics decry playing out in our society. And by incredible, I mean disturbing.
This will come as a surprise to several – including a large segment of supposedly-educated people – the people who make jobs possible for everyone else are the rich. They are the ones who have the money to invest in businesses that will make them richer; there’s no reason to provide anyone else a job if there’s no chance of getting their money back. Despite what you think to the contrary, there is nothing wrong with this.
Not surprising, a lot of the problems in France revolve around unions. These groups of goons demand more than they’re worth in benefits and pay, which is par for the course for union thug tactics (no matter the language spoken). However, when the French unions’s demands were not met, they kidnapped the boss. Because that’s a reasonable, civilized reaction.
Make no mistake, this is happening in America too. The obliteration of freedom known as Obamacare, to pick one of many Welfare-State programs not quite at random, rewards the looters and moochers while increasing the demand on those who produce and have to support the whole house of cards. Hint, that would be the rich.
What happens when the producers in society removes themselves from it and there’s nothing left for the looters to loot? France will likely find out soon, but America’s turn is coming.
Title borrowed from here.