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The disintegration of an economy occurs when men cease to think in terms of principles and abstractions. Rand refers to a principle as a general truth. This means there are other things which depend on this general truth. Rand looks at the practical man in this chapter. There are three rules Rand presents. The man with the most consistent behavior is the one who will win when there is a disagreement between groups with the same principles. When they do not have the same principles, the more evil or more irrational entity will win. If principles are clearly defined and the groups hold opposite views, the more rational one will win. The more irrational one will win when the principles are hidden and not clearly defined.

There are reasons for these rules. In the first case, a conflict between...

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