This is a quote from the book "The ​Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand

If people did not indulge in such abject evasions as the claim that some contemptible liar “means well” — that a mooching bum “can’t help it” — that a juvenile d
elinquent “needs love” — that a criminal “doesn’t know any better” — that a power-seeking politician is moved by patriotic concern for “the public good” — that communists are merely “agrarian reformers” — the history of the past few decades, or centuries, would have been different.

Ask yourself why totalitarian dictatorships find it necessary to ...
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