This is a quote from the book "The ​Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
...is legally permitted.

This is the means of subordinating “might” to “right.” This is the American concept of “a government of laws and not of men.”

The na
ture of the laws proper to a free society and the source of its government’s authority are both to be derived from the nature and purpose of a proper government. The basic principle of both is indicated in The Declaration of Independence: “to secure these [individual] rights, govern- ments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed ...” ...
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