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Anthony De Jasay, H. L. Mencken, Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoi


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"Having gathered all power to itself,

[the State] has become the sole focus of all conflict,

and it must construct totalitarian defences to match its total exposure."

-- Anthony de Jasay

(1925- ) Hungarian writer

Source: The State [1985] (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1998), p. 287.




"The state remains, as it was in the beginning,

the common enemy of all well-disposed,

industrious and decent men."

-- H. L. Mencken

(1880-1956) American Journalist, Editor, Essayist, Linguist, Lexicographer, and Critic




"The misapprehension springs from the fact that the learned jurists,deceiving themselves as well as others, depict in their books an idealof government -- not as it really is, an assembly of men who oppresstheir fellow-citizens, but in accordance with the scientific postulate,as a body of men who act as the representatives of the rest of thenation. They have gone on repeating this to others so long that theyhave ended by believing it themselves, and they really seem to thinkthat justice is one of the duties of governments. History, however,shows us that governments, as seen from the reign of Caesar to those ofthe two Napoleons and Prince Bismarck, are in their very essence aviolation of justice; a man or a body of men having at command an armyof trained soldiers, deluded creatures who are ready for any violence,and through whose agency they govern the State, will have no keen senseof the obligation of justice. Therefore governments will never consentto diminish the number of those well-trained and submissive servants,who constitute their power and influence."

-- Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoi

(1828-1910) Russian writer

Source: Writings on Civil Disobedience and Non-Violence (Signet Books, 1968), pp. 238-239.


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