Principium Volume II, Book 11, Quote 1128, 1130, and 1133

1128. (12-29-2010) In view of the often alleged lack of individual liberty in classical Greece, it deserves mention that in the Athens of the fifth century B.C. the sanctity of the private home was so fully recognized that even under the rule of the Thirty Tyrants a man “could save his life by staying at home.” (- J.W. Jones – The Law and Legal Theory of the Greeks, with reference to Demosthenes xxiv 52)

- Friedrich A. Hayek – The Constitution of Liberty, 1978


1130. (12-29-2010) [T]he pleasure or pain that may be caused by the knowledge of other people’s actions should never be regarded as a legitimate cause for coercion….But where private practices cannot affect anybody but the voluntary adult actors, the mere dislike of what is being done by others, or even the knowledge that others harm themselves by what they do, provides no legitimate ground for coercion.

- Friedrich A. Hayek – The Constitution of Liberty, 1978


1133. (12-30-2010) Order is not a pressure imposed upon society from without, but an equilibrium which is set up from within.

- José Ortega y Gasset, 1883-1955


(That is to say that enough people in a society have established a pattern of order within their own selves, thus creating a sense of order in a society where people in general voluntarily obey the law, both written and the unwritten rules and ethics of interaction between individuals.)ATJ

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