by Ayn Rand
Atlas Shrugged Visions of America Quotes
How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Volume.Chapter.Section.Page). We used the 50th Anniversary Edition published by Signet Books in 2007.
"From its start, this country was a threat to the ancient rule of mystics. In the brilliant, rocket-explosion of its youth, this country displayed to an incredulous world what greatness was possible to man, what happiness was possible on earth. It was one or the other: America or mystics." (220.127.116.112)
Galt sets up another of his patented either-or dichotomies here by contrasting mysticism (faith, or a lack of logic) with the true spirit of America, setting up America as a champion of freedom and reason.
"Do you know that the United States is the only country in history that has ever used its own monogram [the dollar sign] as a symbol of its depravity?... It was the only country in history...whose money was the symbol of man's right to his own mind, to his work, to his life, to his happiness, to himself." (18.104.22.168)
The fact that money has been turned into a negative symbol demonstrates how twisted and misguided the looters' values are. Owen Kellogg takes up Francisco's theme of realigning America with all of the positive values that money represents to the Objectivists.