Friday, July 5, 2013

Four Types of Leaders, Ranked from Best to Worst

1. Humanitarian entrepreneur (public-spiritedness + voluntariness)

"The paramount virtue of capitalism is that it fosters progress through diversity and freedom without sacrificing efficiency, justice, and charity. One can be even stronger: it is also more efficient, more just, more charitable, and more egalitarian than any other viable system. Provided only that there is effective dispersal of power, the capitalistic order is driven by competition in manifold ways, in the field of ideas as well as commodities." - G. Warren Nutting

"Business is fundamentally ethical, because no one has to trade. Business is fundamentally noble, because it elevates humanity. Business is fundamentally heroic, because it ends poverty." - John Mackey

2. Prudence-only profit-seeker (self-centeredness + voluntariness)

"It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own self-interest. We address ourselves, not to their humanity but to their self-love, and never talk to them of our own neccessities but of their advantages." - Adam Smith

"Innumerable speculative thinkers, inventors, and organizers, have contributed to the comfort, health, and happiness of their fellow men — because that was not their objective." - Isabel Paterson

3. Pragmatic tyrant (self-centeredness + coercion)

"The highwayman takes solely upon himself the responsibility, danger, and crime of his own act. He does not pretend that he has any rightful claim to your money, or that he intends to use it for your own benefit. He does not pretend to be anything but a robber. He has not acquired impudence enough to profess to be merely a 'protector,' and that he takes men's money against their will, merely to enable him to 'protect' those infatuated travellers, who feel perfectly able to protect themselves, or do not appreciate his peculiar system of protection. He is too sensible a man to make such professions as these." - Lysander Spooner

"If one had no choice but to be a slave, private slavery as in antebellum America would be preferable to the kind of collective slave ownership that Eastern Europe recently experienced." - Hans-Hermann Hoppe

4. Would-be philosopher king (public-spiritedness + coercion)

"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience." - C.S. Lewis

"Absolute monarchies disposed with less fickleness of the fortunes of one individual than popular absolutisms dispose of the destiny of entire social classes." - Nicolas Gomez Davila

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