Evil requires the sanction of the victim.
More Quotes from Ayn Rand:The only proper purpose of a government is to protect mans rights, which means to protect him from physical violence.... The only proper functions of a government are the police, to protect you from criminals the army, to protect you from foreign invaders and the courts, to protect your property and contracts from breach or fraud by others, and to settle disputes by rational rules, according to objective law.
He liked to observe emotions they were like red lanterns strung along the dark unknown of another's personality, marking vulnerable points.
The evil of the world is made possible by nothing but the sanction you give it. - Atlas Shrugged
Did you really think that we wanted those laws to be observed ... We want them broken. You'd better get it straight that it's not a bunch of boy scouts you're up against then you'll know that this is not the age for beautiful gestures. We're after powe.
If it were true that men could achieve their good by means of turning some men into sacrificial animals, and ... if I were asked to serve the interests of society apart from, above and against my own I would refuse.... I would fight in the full confidence of the justice of my battle and of a living being's right to exist.
The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody had decided not to see.
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We hear only those questions for which we are in a position to find answers.