This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
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The principle of man’s individual rights represented the extension of morality into the social system — as a limitation on the power of the state, as man’s prote
ction against the brute force of the collective, as the subordination of might to right. The United States was the first moral society in history.
All previous systems had regarded
man as a sacrificial means to the ends of others, and society as an end in itself. The United States regarded man as an end in himself, and society as a means to the peaceful, orderly, voluntar...