Atlantis is Ancapistan

I have been reading Ayn Rand’s magnum opus, Atlas Shrugged, and just read the part where Dagny Taggart visits Atlantis. Atlantis is a retreat for the victims of the looters of the oppressive government. Their only rule is to pledge “I swear by my life and my love for it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.”

Atlantis is the place where men with minds refuged their minds. Where what they made was for them, and for them alone. Where they could voluntarily exchange their products of their mind with others, and create wealth.

In other words, Atlantis embodies property rights. In other other words, Atlantis is Ancapistan.

Atlantis serves as an example of how life could function free of the use of force. How wealth is truly created. It’s more than just fiction – it is a thought deduced and the logical conclusion of a society based on laissez-faire. On voluntary exchanges. On capitalism.

It exemplifies reason and rational thought in the vile face of unforgiving parasites – attacking each the mind, spirit, and body – hoping the host does not become aware that they are sucking the very life out of them.

It serves as a beacon for a world that can be created, since it has already been created – in one individual’s mind.

 

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