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10 Famous Quotes by Benjamin Tucker
4/17/1854 - 6/22/1939
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Benjamin Ricketson Tucker
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First, then, State Socialism, which may be described as the doctrine that all the affairs of men should be managed by the government, regardless of individual choice.

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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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Aggression is simply another name for government.

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Almost the only persons who may be said to comprehend even approximately the significance, principles, and purposes of Socialism are the chief leaders of the extreme wings of the Socialistic forces, and perhaps a few of the money kings themselves.

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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.

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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.

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But this is not to say that the society which inflicts capital punishment commits murder.

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But which is the State's essential function, aggression or defence, few seem to know or care.

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Commanded love of all men indiscriminately is an obliteration of distinction between love and hate, and therefore is not love at all.

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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.

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