“No human rights can exist without property rights. Since material goods are produced by the mind and effort of individual men, and are needed to sustain their lives, if the producer does not own the result of his effort, he does not own his life. To deny property rights means to turn men into property owned by the state. Whoever claims the ‘right’ to ‘redistribute’ the wealth produced by others is claiming the ‘right’ to treat human beings as chattel.”

in Ayn Rand, Political, Writers

-Ayn Rand, “The Monument Builders” in The Virtue of Selfishness (New York: Signet Centennial Edition, 2005 re-print of 1964 edition), p. 106.

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