"Money is the barometer of a society's virtue.
When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion;
When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing;
When you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors;
When you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don't protect you against them, but protect them against you;
When you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice—you may know that your society is doomed."
*In the book, Atlas Shrugged, the Strikers are people of the mind who go on strike because they do not appreciate being exploited by the Looters and demonized by a society who depends on them for its very existence. The leader of the Strikers is John Galt. Other Strikers include: Hugh Akston, Francisco d'Anconia, Ragnar Danneskjöld, Richard Halley, and the Brakeman. Characters who join the Strikers in the course of the book include: Dagny Taggart, Ellis Wyatt, Hank Rearden, Dick McNamara, and Owen Kellogg. (source: DemocraticUnderground.com)