This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
...ction against the brute force of the collective, as the subordination of might to right. The United States was the first moral society in history.
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All previous systems had regarded
man as a sacrificial means to the ends of others, and society as an end in itself. The United States regarded man as an end in himself, and society as a means to the peaceful, orderly, voluntar
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...