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Herbert Spencer

The Right To Ignore The State

    katiadolzhenkohas quoted9 months ago
    As a government can rightly act for the people only when empowered by them, so also can it rightly act for the individual only when empowered by him.
    katiadolzhenkohas quoted9 months ago
    But they who maintain that the people are the only legitimate source of power—that legislative authority is not original, but deputed—cannot deny the right to ignore the State without entangling themselves in an absurdity.
    katiadolzhenkohas quoted9 months ago
    And must not government cease when crime ceases, for very lack of objects on which to perform its function?
    katiadolzhenkohas quoted3 years ago
    If every man has freedom to do all that he wills, provided he infringes not the equal freedom of any other man, then he is free to drop connection with the State,—to relinquish its protection and to refuse paying towards its support. It is self-evident that in so behaving he in no way trenches upon the liberty of others; for his position is a passive one, and, whilst passive, he cannot become an aggressor.
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