"You called it selfish and cruel that men should trade value for value - you have now established an unselfish society where they trade extortion for extortion. Your system is a legal civil war, where men gang up on one another and struggle for possession of the law, which they use as a club over rivals, till another gang wrests it from their clutch and clubs them with it in their turn, all of them clamoring protestations of service to an unnamed public’s unspecified good. You had said that you saw no difference between economic power and political power, between the power of money and the power of guns - no difference between reward and punishment, between purchase and plunder, between pleasure and fear, between life and death. You are learning the difference now."
- John Galt, Atlas Shrugged

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