This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
... on the ethics of altruism. No society can be of value to man’s life if the price is the surrender of his right to his life.
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The basic political principle of the Objectivist ethi
cs is: no man may initiate the use of physical force against others. No man — or group or society or government — has the right to assume the role of a criminal and initiate the use of physi
cal compulsion against any man. Men have the right to use physical force only in retaliation and only against those who initiate its use. The ethical principle involved is simple and clear-cut: ...