This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
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The American system of checks and balances was just such an achievement. And although certain contradictions in the Constitution did leave a loophole for the growth of stat
ism, the incomparable achievement was the concept of a constitution as a means of limiting and restricting the power of the government.
Today, when a concerted effort is made to ob
literate this point, it cannot be repeated too often that the Constitution is a limitation on the government, not on private individuals — that it does not prescribe the conduct of private ind...