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Works (Volume 11)

Works (Volume 11)

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Excerpt from book: THE SINS OF LEGISLATORS. Be it or be it not true that Man is sliapen in iniquity and conceived in sin, ifc is unquestionably true that Government is begotten of aggression and by aggression. In small undeveloped societies where for ages complete peace has continued, there exists nothing like what w.e call Government: no coercive agency, but "mere honorary headship, if any headship at all. In these exceptional communities, unaggressive and from special causes unaggressed upon, there is so little deviation from the virtues of truthfulness, honesty, justice, and generosity, that nothing beyond an occasional expression of public opinion by informally-assembled elders is needful. Conversely, we find proofs that, at first recognized but temporarily during leadership in war, the authority of a chief is permanently established by continuity of war; and grows strong where successful aggression ends in subjection of neighbouring tribes. And thence onwards, examples furnished by all races put beyond doubt the truth, that the coercive power of the chief, developing into king, and king of kings (a frequent title in the ancient East), becomes great in proportion as conquest becomes habitual and the union of subdued nations extensive.f Comparisons disclose a further truth which should be ever present to us?the truth that the aggressiveness of the ruling power inside a society increases with its aggressiveness outside the society. AvS, to make an efficient army, the soldiers in their several grades must be subordinate to the commander; so, to make an efficient fighting community, must the citizens be subordinate to the ruling power.They must furnish recruits to the extent demanded, and yield up whatever property is required. Political Institutions, ??4'37, 573. f Itnl., ??471-3. An obvi...
Book Details
ISBN-13: 9780217420853
Binding: Paperback
Language: English
Returnable: N
Spine Width: 3 mm
Width: 186 mm
ISBN-10: 0217420850
Publisher Date: 12 Oct 2012
Height: 242 mm
No of Pages: 52
Series Title: English
Weight: 109 gr
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