This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
...tself in such phenomena as the recognition of some implicit (if often nonexistent) difference between a government and a robber gang — the aura of respect and of moral authority granted to the
government as the guardian of “law and order” — the fact that even the most evil types of government found it necessary to maintain some semblance of order and some pretense at justice, i
f only by routine and tradition, and to claim some sort of moral justification for their power, of a mystical or social nature. Just as the absolute monarchs of France had to in- voke “The Div...
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