Benjamin Tucker

Quotes: Benjamin Tucker

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    The right of such control is already admitted by the State Socialists, though they maintain that, as a matter of fact, the individual would be allowed a much larger liberty than he now enjoys.
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    The shortest way to change a radical into a conservative, a liberal into a tyrant, a man into a beast, is to give him power over his fellows.
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    The two principles referred to are Authority and Liberty, and the names of the two schools of Socialistic thought which fully and unreservedly represent one or the other of them are, respectively, State Socialism and Anarchism.
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    Therefore coercion of the non-invasive, when justifiable at all, is to be justified on the ground that it secures, not a minimum of ' invasion, but a minimum of pain.
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    This brings us to Anarchism, which may be described as the doctrine that all the affairs of men should be managed by individuals or voluntary associations, and that the State should be abolished.
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    To force a man to pay for the violation of his own liberty is indeed an addition of insult to injury.
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    We enact many laws that manufacture criminals, and then a few that punish them.
    Source: Address before Unitarian Ministers Institute, Salem, Mass., 14 October 1890