The Quote by Ayn Rand on Individual Rights
“Individual rights supersede any public or social power.” -Ayn Rand on Individual Rights
I think that this quote by Ayn Rand on individual rights is incredibly important for every single American to understand.
For far too long, we’ve let a government gradually constrain our rights and kill individual liberty in the process. That goes against the founding ideals of the early Republic, as described in both the Federalist Papers and Anti-Federalist Papers.
As Rand Paul has stated, America’s government is meant to protect our natural rights. It’s not as if those rights are up for discussion or are granted by government. They’re not.
Rather, they are rights granted by God to all citizens that the government is meant to protect, not grant.
So, I think this quote by Ayn Rand on individual rights is an important one because it gets to the root of that issue. As individuals, our natural rights are sacrosanct. No matter what rights the government claims to need to restrict in order to protect the “public safety,” your rights can’t be infringed upon.
Whether the government tries to restrict your right to keep and bear arms, tell you that all the sudden you can’t have e-cigarettes, or that all of your phone calls will be monitored by some NSA spook, those government actions are assaults on individual liberty.
If there’s one thing it’s easy to see from Ayn Rand’s books, it’s that she understood what she was talking about when it came to individuals. Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead, and Anthem all glorify the individual. Agree or disagree with her, I think it’s hard to refute the idea that individuality should be respected and that Ayn Rand understood how to do that. To understand how, turn to her works and away from faith in government.