Atlas Shrugged

Extrait du roman Atlas Shrugged d’Ayn Rand. John Galt, un des protagonistes principaux, s’adresse à ceux qui diabolisent les riches.

« We’ve heard so much about strikes, and about the dependence of the uncommon man upon the common. We’ve heard it shouted that the industrialist is a parasite, that his workers support him, create his wealth, make his luxury possible – and what would happen to him if they walked out? Very well. I intend to show the world who depends on whom, who supports whom, who is the source of wealth, who makes whose livelihood possible and what happens to who when whom walks out.

There is only one kind of men who have never been on strike in the whole of human history. Every other kind and class has stopped, when they so wished, and have presented demands to the world, claiming to be indispensable – except the men who have carried the world on their shoulders, have kept it alive, have endured torture as sole payment, but have never walked out on the human race. Well, their turn has come. Let the world discover who they are, what they do and what happens when they refuse to function. This is the strike of the men of the mind. This is the mind on strike. »

P.-S. Le PQ a dit vouloir faire payer les riches. Or, sur son blogue, Jean-François Lisée a répété pendant plusieurs années que les Québécois étaient riches…