This is a quote from the book "The ​Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
...y by permission', which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force.

It has often been remarked that in spite of its material progre
ss, mankind has not achieved any comparable degree of moral progress. That remark is usually followed by some pessimistic conclusion about human nature. It is true that the moral state of mankin d is disgracefully low. But if one considers the monstrous moral inversions of the governments (made possible by the altruist-collectivist morality) under which mankind has had to live through m...
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