This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
...aimed at their protection. All laws must be objective (and objectively justifiable): men must know clearly, and in ad- vance of taking an action, what the law forbids them to do (and why), what
constitutes a crime and what penalty they will incur if they commit it.
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The source of the government’s authority is “the consent of the governed.” This means that the governm
ent is not the ruler, but the servant or agent of the citizens; it means that the government as such has no rights except the rights delegated to it by the citizens for a specific purpose.