This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
...y by favor, by the permission of society, which may be revoked at any time. The United States held that man’s life is his by right (which means: by moral principle and by his nature), that a r
ight is the property of an individual, that society as such has no rights, and that the only moral purpose of a government is the protection of individual rights.
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A “right” is
a moral principle defining and sanctioning a man’s freedom of action in a social context. There is only one fundamental right (all the others are its consequences or corollaries): a man’s ri...