A Plea for Liberty

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D. Appleton, 1891 - Free enterprise - 414 pages
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Page 70 - That principle is, that the sole end for which mankind are warranted, individually or collectively, in interfering with the liberty of action of any of their number, is self -protection. That the only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others.
Page 13 - Paper constitutions raise smiles on the faces of those who have observed their results ; and paper social systems similarly affect those who have contemplated the available evidence. How little the men who wrought the French revolution and were chiefly concerned in setting up the new governmental apparatus, dreamt that one of the early actions of this apparatus would be to behead them all ! How little the men who drew up the American Declaration of Independence and framed the republic, anticipated...
Page ii - Impunity and remissness for certain are the bane of a commonwealth; but here the great art lies, to discern in what the law is to bid restraint and punishment, and in what things persuasion only is to work.
Page ii - Suppose we could expel sin by this means ; look how much we thus expel of sin, so much we expel of virtue ; for the matter of them both is the same : remove that, and ye remove them both alike.
Page ii - They are not skilful considerers of human things, who imagine to remove sin by removing the matter of sin...
Page 77 - Forasmuch as divers artificers, labourers, and servants, and grooms, keep greyhounds and other dogs, and on the holydays, when good Christian people be at church, hearing divine service, they go hunting in parks, warrens, and...
Page 102 - ... in a fair, open, and regular manner, should not be afterwards put to difficulties by reason of the previous knavery of the seller.
Page 362 - Act confirming such provisional order, or of such special Act, and within six months after the expiration of every subsequent period of seven years, or such shorter...
Page 22 - Individuals who maintain their rights to make their own contracts are vilified as ' blacklegs ' and ' traitors,' and meet with violence which would be merciless were there no legal penalties and no police. Along with this trampling on the liberties of men of their own class, there goes peremptory dictation to the employing class : not prescribed terms and working arrangements only shall be conformed to, but none save those belonging to their body shall be employed — nay, in some cases, there shall...

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