This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
... power of unlimited whim — so that we are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act onl
y by permission', which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force.
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It has often been remarked that in spite of its material progre
ss, mankind has not achieved any comparable degree of moral progress. That remark is usually followed by some pessimistic conclusion about human nature. It is true that the moral state of mankin...