This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
... Rights was not directed against private citizens, but against the government — as an explicit declaration that individual rights supersede any public or social power.
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was the pattern of a civilized society which — for the brief span of some hundred and fifty years — America came close to achieving. A civilized society is one in which physical force is ba
nned from human relationships — in which the government, acting as a policeman, may use force only in retaliation and only against those who initiate its use.
This was the essent...