This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
...itizens. A free nation — a nation that recognizes, respects and protects the individual rights of its citizens — has a right to its territorial integrity, its social system and its form of g
overnment. The government of such a nation is not the ruler, but the servant or agent of its citizens and has no rights other than the rights delegated to it by the citizens for a specific, deli
mited task (the task of protecting them from physical force, derived from their right of self- defense).
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The citizens of a free nation may disagree about the specific legal procedu...