This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
...nned from human relationships — in which the government, acting as a policeman, may use force only in retaliation and only against those who initiate its use.
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This was the essent
ial meaning and intent of America’s political philosophy, implicit in the principle of individual rights. But it was not formulated explicitly, nor fully accepted nor consistently practiced. <
America’s inner contradiction was the altruist-collectivist ethics. Altruism is incompatible with freedom, with capitalism and with individual rights. One cannot combine the pursu...