This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
...hts or freedom. A private citizen who resorts to physical force and violates the rights of others is a criminal — and men have legal protection against him.
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Criminals are a small
minority in any age or country. And the harm they have done to mankind is infinitesimal when compared to the horrors — the bloodshed, the wars, the persecutions, the confiscations, the famine
s, the enslavements, the wholesale destructions — perpetrated by mankind’s gov- ernments. Potentially, a government is the most dangerous threat to man’s rights: it holds a legal monopoly ...