Principium Volume II, Book 11, Quote 1117, 1118, and 1120

1117. (12-26-2010) At the first, when some certain kind of regiment was once approved, it may be that nothing was then further thought upon for the manner of governing, but all permitted into their wisdom and discretion which were to rule; till by experience they found this for all parts very inconvenient, so as the thing which they had devised for a remedy did but increase the sore which it should have cured. They saw that to live by one man’s will became the cause of all men’s misery. This constrained them to come unto laws, wherein all men might see their duties beforehand, and know the penalties of transgressing them.

- Richard Hooker, 1554-1600 – The Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity


1118. (12-27-2010) (Consider Coercion.)ATJ Coercion occurs when one man’s actions are made to serve another man’s will, not for his own but for the other’s purpose. It is not that the coerced does not chose at all; if that were the case, we should not speak of his “acting.”…Coercion implies, however, that I still choose but that my mind is made someone else’s tool, because the alternatives before me have been so manipulated that the conduct that the coercer wants me to choose becomes for me the least painful one. Although coerced, it is still I who decide which is the least evil under the circumstances.

- Author Unknown


1120. (12-27-2010) The exercise of power in ways which cannot be anticipated causes some of the greatest restraints, for restraint is most felt and therefore is greatest when it is least anticipated. We feel ourselves least free when we know that restraints may at any moment be placed on any of our actions and yet we cannot anticipate these restraints….Known general laws, however bad, interfere less with freedom than decisions based on no previously known rule.

- Frederic William Maitland, 1850-1906 – Historical Sketch of Liberty and Equality as Ideals

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