This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
... neighborhood to search it, and shot the first man who gave him a dirty look, taking the look to be a proof of guilt.
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The retaliatory use of force requires objective rules of evide
nce to establish that a crime has been committed and to prove who committed it, as well as objective rules to define punishments and enforcement procedures. Men who attempt to prosecute crimes,
without such rules, are a lynch mob. If a society left the retaliatory use of force in the hands of individual citizens, it would degenerate into mob rule, lynch law and an endless series of blo...