This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
... evolution of the concept of “government” has had a long, tortuous history. Some glimmer of the government’s proper function seems to have existed in every organized society, manifesting i
tself in such phenomena as the recognition of some implicit (if often nonexistent) difference between a government and a robber gang — the aura of respect and of moral authority granted to the
government as the guardian of “law and order” — the fact that even the most evil types of government found it necessary to maintain some semblance of order and some pretense at justice, i...
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