This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
...overnment. The government of such a nation is not the ruler, but the servant or agent of its citizens and has no rights other than the rights delegated to it by the citizens for a specific, deli
mited task (the task of protecting them from physical force, derived from their right of self- defense).
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The citizens of a free nation may disagree about the specific legal procedu
res or methods of implementing their rights (which is a complex problem, the province of political science and of the philosophy of law), but they agree on the basic principle to be implemented:...