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The paper discusses how one of the book's central characters, Francisco d'Anconia, expresses outrage at the expressed ideal that "money is the root of all evil." The character argues instead that money is the root of all human advancement and gain. The paper looks at how this theme runs through Rand's work and concludes that ultimately the entire work rests upon arguing from emotion, using powerful metaphorical and cultural tropes to draw the reader in, but with little factual basis to back up the arguments.
From the Paper:"Rand's protagonist accuses those that spout "that phrase about the evil of money," as being aristocrats. She states that such an idea comes "from a time when wealth was produced by the labor of slaves-slaves who repeated the motions once discovered by somebody's mind and left unimproved for centuries." In other words, before capitalism, individuals labored at brute tasks for no reward, other than not to be lashed to death by their masters. Even today, the only people who really despise money are those who gain it by corruption, pandering, and fraud, for if the "source is corrupt, you have damned your own existence...Then all the things you buy will become, not a tribute to you, but a reproach; not an achievement, but a reminder of shame. Then you'll scream that money is evil. Evil.""
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