When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion – when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing – when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors – when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you – when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice – you may know that your society is doomed. – Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
There can be no justification for a society in which a man is expected to manufacture the weapons for his own murderers. – Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
I am a true beleiver that if all people read this book the world would be a much better place to live. Atlas Shrugged and Ayn Rand are incredibly complex and this book should be read carefully. If you are an altruist you are going to hate this book, but you already hate reality so much it wouldn't do you much good anyways. Rand constructs probably the most involved fictional story ever written. Throughout the book she addresses topics such as politics, indiviudalism, love, selfishness, religion, and much more. This book is cited as the second most influential book behind the bible, it would be the first if as many people had read it.
A word of caution, Rand's personal life violated her own philosophy and a person probably should be aware of this fact. Not a book that is completely grasped on one read either.
When money ceases to be the tool by which men deal with one another, then men become the tools of other men. – Francisco d’Anconia in Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand