Principium Volume I, Book 6, Quote 639, 642, 646

639. (2-1-2010) The political enforcement of the good is only possible if the freedom which men must have to seek the good is destroyed…[man] can only achieve the good if he is free to reject it…

- Frank S. Meyer – In Defense of Freedom and Other Related Essays, 1962


642. (2-4-2010) [The form or expression of a right]ATJ may vary with time and place and custom, but the content remains the same – the right to live uncoerced [sic] by force or fraud in the possession of life, liberty, and property. The inherent nature of the rights and duties of an individual person, in short, is such that they are not dependent one upon the other. Nor, in any sense, are rights derived from society or the state, or subordinated to duties towards society or the state.

- Frank S. Meyer – In Defense of Freedom and Other Related Essays, 1962


646. (2-5-2010) Anarchists maintain that this goal can be best achieved without any state whatsoever; and if their argument were valid, the best state would be no state at all. But,…brute facts invalidate their thesis. The nature of men and of freedom is such that some men may use their freedom to interfere with the freedom of others, to impose upon them with violence. In a stateless society, the only answer to such conduct is to return violence with violence, and this, we can be sure, would end in a Hobbesian “war of all against all.” Some form of order is a human necessity. Without it, freedom itself is impossible. The state – that is, an institution recognized as the repository of legitimate violence to inhibit one man in his freedom from destroying another man’s freedom – is therefore an institution called into being by the very nature of men’s existence. It is a necessary and natural institution – so long as it fulfills its function and does not use its power for purposes extraneous to that function. [All human institutions should be judged by their adequacy in their own sphere to the achievement of the best possible circumstances in which human beings may work out their destiny.]

- Frank S. Meyer – In Defense of Freedom and Other Essays, 1962

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