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In this chapter, Rearden withdraws his moral sanction from both the family and the politicians that  persecute him. He has realized that morality is the most powerful weapon that evil men wield in their  war against good. ("They have a weapon against you," Francisco said at Rearden's wedding  anniversary. "Ask yourself what it is, sometime.") The self-sacrifice moral code has been used  against him for years. The self-sacrifice moral code allows worthless men to make outrageous  demands of productive men, who feel morally obligated to satisfy them. Under this code, a  productive man supports a gang of parasites, martyring himself in the name of selfless service. He  must embrace his exploiters and proclaim his duty to them. He must feed them his lifeblood while  accepting their sneers, abuse, and condemnation. The good man is forced to sanction his self-
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