• • Behind the Lines: Looters and moochers
Val Lambson, Salt Lake Tribune Atheism |Capitalism | I am not a Randian Objectivist — for example, I am pro-God and anti-adultery — but Ayn Rand was correct in pointing out that there are only three ways we can see to our material needs: We can be traders, looters or moochers. Trade — giving value for value — is ennobling. Looting and mooching, not so much. I do not see wealthy traders as generous. I don’t judge them at all. Even Marx recognized that the selfish pursuit of wealth had created great amounts of it.