This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
...y coexistence of individuals. All previous systems had held that man’s life belongs to society, that society can dispose of him in any way it pleases, and that any freedom he enjoys is his onl
y by favor, by the permission of society, which may be revoked at any time. The United States held that man’s life is his by right (which means: by moral principle and by his nature), that a r
ight is the property of an individual, that society as such has no rights, and that the only moral purpose of a government is the protection of individual rights.
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