This is a quote from the book "The ​Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand 1963)

14. The Nature of Government

by Ayn Rand

A government is an institution that holds the exclusive power to enforce certain rules o
f social conduct in a given geographical area.

Do men need such an institution — and why?

Since man’s mind is his basic tool of survival, his means of gaining kno
wledge to guide his actions — the basic condition he requires is the freedom to think and to act according to his rational judgment. This does not mean that a man must live alone and that a de...
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