Capitalism is the system of the future—if man is to have a future.
The United States of America
The most profoundly revolutionary achievement of the United States of America was the subordination of society to moral law.
The principle of man's individual rights represented the extension of morality into the social system—as a limitation on the power of the state, as man's protection against the brute force of the collective, as the subordination of might to right. The United States was the first moral society in history.
All previous systems had regarded man as a sacrificial means to the ends of others, and society as an end in itself. The United States regarded man as an end in himself, and society as a means to the peaceful, orderly, voluntary coexistence of individuals. All previous systems had held that man's life belongs to society, that society can dispose of him in any way it pleases, and that any freedom he enjoys is his only by favor, by the permission of society, which may be revoked at any time. The United States held that man's life is his by right (which means: by moral principle and by his nature), that a right is the property of an individual, that society as such has no rights, and that the only moral purpose of a government is the protection of individual rights.
["Man's Rights," The Virtue of Selfishness]
. . . the United States is the highest achievement of the millennia of Western civilization's struggle toward individualism, . . .
["Requiem for Man," Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal]
. . . the United States of America is the greatest, the noblest and, in its original founding principles, the only moral country in the history of the world.
["Philosophy Who needs It," The Ayn Rand Letter]
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