As If We Need Another Reason to Shake Our Heads at Ayn Rand

The best aspect of Christmas is the aspect usually decried by the mystics: the fact that Christmas has been commercialized. The gift-buying . . . stimulates an enormous outpouring of ingenuity in the creation of products devoted to a single purpose: to give men pleasure. And the street decorations put up by department stores and other institutions—the Christmas trees, the winking lights, the glittering colors—provide the city with a spectacular display, which only ‘commercial greed’ could afford to give us. One would have to be terribly depressed to resist the wonderful gaiety of that spectacle.

~Ayn Rand, The Objectivist Calendar, December 1976

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One comment on “As If We Need Another Reason to Shake Our Heads at Ayn Rand

  1. I like the quote, but I’m not sure why anyone would shake their heads at the enjoyment of the fruits of commerce…unless they wanted everyone to suffer together in Medieval serfdom….

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