“Progress cannot be achieved by forced privations, by squeezing a ‘social surplus’ out of starving victims. Progress can come only out of individual surplus, i.e., from the work, the energy, the creative over-abundance of those men whose ability produces more than their personal consumption requires, those who are intellectually and financially able to seek the new, to improve on the known, to move forward.”

in Ayn Rand, Objectivism, Writers

-Ayn Rand, “What is Capitalism?” in Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal. New York: Signet, 1967, 28.

*And this can only happen in a free society.

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