This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
...ogans of altruism and collectivism to give a semiplausible form to his nameless urge and anchor it to reality — to support his own self-deception more than to deceive his victims. “The publi
c,” “the public interest,” “service to the public” are the means, the tools, the swinging pendulums of the power-luster’s self- hypnosis.
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Since there is no such entity
as “the public,” since the public is merely a number of individuals, any claimed or implied conflict of “the public interest” with private interests means that the interests of some men ...