Claude Slagenhop (Atlas Shrugged), champion of the Equalization of Opportunity Bill, and president of Friends of Global Progress; one of Lillian Rearden's dear friends.
“Hunger won’t wait,” said Claude Slagenhop. “Ideas are just hot air. An empty belly is a solid fact. I’ve said in all my speeches that it’s not necessary to talk too much. Society is suffering for lack of business opportunities at the moment, so we’ve got the right to seize such opportunities as exist. Right is whatever’s good for society.”
“Need is the only consideration. If people are in need, we’ve got to seize things first and talk about it afterwards.”