This is a quote from the book "The ​Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
... /> There are two ways of claiming that “The public, c’est moi”: one is practiced by the crude material parasite who clamors for government handouts in the name of a “public” need and pockets what he has not earned; the other is practiced by his leader, the spiritual parasite, who derives his illusion of “greatness” — like a fence receiving stolen goods — from the pow er to dispose of that which he has not earned and from the mystic view of himself as the embodied voice of “the public.”

Of the two, the material parasite is psychologically he...
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