A man is no less a slave because he is allowed to choose a new master once in a term of years.
A man's natural rights are his own, against the whole world; and any infringement of them is equally a crime, whether committed by one man, or by millions; whether committed by one man, calling himself a robber, (or by any other name indicating his true character,) or by millions, calling themselves a government.
A traitor is a betrayer- one who practices injury, while professing friendship. Benedict Arnold was a traitor, solely because, while professing friendship for the American cause, he attempted to injure it. An open enemy, however criminal in other respects, is no traitor.
All governments, the worst on earth, and the most tyrannical on earth, are free governments to that portion of the people who voluntarily support them.
Any number of scoundrels, having money enough to start with, can establish themselves as a 'government'; because, with money, they can hire soldiers, and with soldiers extort more money; and also compel general obedience to their will.
Children learn many principles of natural law at a very early age. For example: they learn that when one child has picked up an apple or a flower, it is his, and that his associates must not take it from him against his will.
Government is in reality established by the few; and these few assume the consent of all the rest, without any such consent being actually given.
Practically no government knows any limit to its power but the endurance of the people.
The ancient maxim makes the sum of a man's legal duty to his fellow men to be simply this: 'To live honestly, to hurt no one, to give to every one his due.'
The fact is that the government, like a highwayman, says to a man: Your money, or your life. And many, if not most, taxes are paid under the compulsion of that threat.
The only security men can have for their political liberty, consists in keeping their money in their own pockets.
There can be no criminal intent in resisting injustice.
Those who are capable of tyranny are capable of perjury to sustain it.
Vices are those acts by which a man harms himself or his property. Crimes are those acts by which one man harms the person or property of another.
What is the motive to the secret ballot? This, and only this: Like other confederates in crime, those who use it are not friends, but enemies; and they are afraid to be known, and to have their individual doings known, even to each other.
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