This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
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Since the protection of individual rights is the only proper purpose of a government, it is the only proper subject of legislation: all laws must be based on individual rights and
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.
The source of the government’s authority is “the consent of the governed.” This means that the governm...