This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
...the nature of the action, it merely increases the number of victims. In fact, the private hoodlum has a slight edge of moral superiority: he has no power to devastate an entire nation and his vi
ctims are not legally disarmed.
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It is men’s views of their public or political existence that the collectivized ethics of altruism has protected from the march of civilization an
d has preserved as a reservoir, a wildlife sanctuary, ruled by the mores of prehistorical savagery. If men have grasped some faint glimmer of respect for individual rights in their private deali...