Forced Consent & Our Present Attitude

“Forced Consent”

by Lysander Spooner

The idea that, although government should rest on the consent of the governed, yet so much force may nevertheless be employed as may be necessary to produce that consent, embodies everything that was ever exhibited in the shape of usurpation and tyranny in any country on earth. It has cost this country a million of lives, and the loss of everything that resembles political liberty.

 

“Our Present Attitude”

by Voltairine de Cleyre

There is no need of being troubled about it, afraid, or ashamed. This is the time to stand up boldly and say, ‘Yes, I believe in the displacement of this system of injustice by a just one; I believe in the end of starvation, exposure, and the crimes caused by them; I believe in the human soul regnant over all laws which man has made or will make; I believe there is no peace now, and there never will be peace, so long as man rules over man; I believe in the total disintegration and dissolution of the principle and practice of authority; I am an Anarchist, and if for this you condemn me, I stand ready to receive your condemnation.’

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~ by rechelon on February 20, 2011.

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