Benjamin Tucker Quotes


24 Benjamin Tucker quotes:



"The cost of justice can be justly paid only by the invader."
"And this is the Anarchistic definition of the State: the embodiment of the principle of invasion in an individual, or a band of individuals, assuming to act as representatives or masters of the entire people within a given area."
"Laissez Faire was very good sauce for the goose, labor, but was very poor sauce for the gander, capital."
"The Anarchists answer that the abolition of the State will leave in existence a defensive association, resting no longer on a compulsory but on a voluntary basis, which will restrain invaders by any means that may prove necessary."
"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."
"I insist that there is nothing sacred in the life of an invader, and there is no valid principle of human society that forbids the invaded to protect themselves in whatever way they can."
"In the matter of the maintenance and rearing of children the Anarchists would neither institute the communistic nursery which the State Socialists favor nor keep the communistic school system which now prevails."
"Such security is equal liberty. But it is not necessarily equality in the use of the earth."
"To force a man to pay for the violation of his own liberty is indeed an addition of insult to injury."
"Aggression is simply another name for government."
"And capital punishment, however ineffective it may be and through whatever ignorance it may be resorted to, is a strictly defensive act, - at least in theory."
"But which is the State's essential function, aggression or defence, few seem to know or care."
"Commanded love of all men indiscriminately is an obliteration of distinction between love and hate, and therefore is not love at all."
"Defence was an afterthought, prompted by necessity; and its introduction as a State function, though effected doubtless with a view to the strengthening of the State, was really and in principle the initiation of the State's destruction."
"Marx, as we have seen, solved it by declaring capital to be a different thing from product, and maintaining that it belonged to society and should be seized by society and employed for the benefit of all alike."
"One thing, however, is sure, - that in all cases the effort should be to impose all the cost of repairing the wrong upon the doer of the wrong. This alone is real justice, and of course such justice is necessarily free."
"That those prominent in the intermediate Socialistic divisions do not fully understand what they are about is evident from the positions they occupy."
"The claim of the State Socialists, however, that this right would not be exercised in matters pertaining to the individual in the more intimate and private relations of his life is not borne out by the history of governments."
"The essence of government is control, or the attempt to control."
"The exercise of authority over the same area by two States is a contradiction."



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