This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
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The essential characteristic of socialism is the denial of individual property rights; under socialism, the right to property (which is the right of use and di
sposal) is vested in “society as a whole,” i.e., in the collective, with production and distribution controlled by the state, i.e., by the government.
Socialism may be establis
hed by force, as in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics — or by vote, as in Nazi (National Socialist) Germany. The degree of socialization may be total, as in Russia — or partial, as in ...