This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
...of man’s rights: the criminals and the government. The great achievement of the United States was to draw a distinction between these two — by forbidding to the second the legalized version
of the activities of the first.
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The Declaration of Independence laid down the principle that “to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men.” This provided the o
nly valid justification of a government and defined its only proper purpose: to protect man’s rights by protecting him from physical violence.
Thus the government’s function wa...