This is a quote from the book "The ​Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
... indicated in The Declaration of Independence: “to secure these [individual] rights, govern- ments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed ...”

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 ...
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