This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
... not subject to vote and are not endangered by any majority decision; no man or group holds a blank check on power over others.
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Such a nation has a right to its sovereignty (derive
d from the rights of its citizens) and a right to demand that its sovereignty be respected by all other nations.
But this right cannot be claimed by dictatorships, by savage tribes
or by any form of absolutist tyranny. A nation that violates the rights of its own citizens cannot claim any rights whatsoever. In the issue of rights, as in all moral issues, there can be no d...