Being itself the creature of liberty, that is to say, called into existence for the purposes of liberty, it becomes organized against its own end whenever it deprives men of the rights of free judgment and free action for the sake of other objects, however useful or desirable they may be.
It is the only one real and permanent dividing line between opinions. That may be, or may not be. With slight alterations we may take the words of Lowell, and read our own meaning in them: But between obligatory and voluntary contributions there is the widest distinction. If the principle be true we shall be able, with increasing knowledge and better methods of examination, to vindicate it at every point.
Every thoroughgoing socialist, who is willing to deal frankly in the matter, will admit Happiness is the aim that we must suppose attached to human existence; and therefore each man must be free—within those limits which the like freedom of others imposes on him—to judge for himself in what consists his happiness.
These ministers and gentlemen do not place the workmen on committees to manage the education of their children. Except in the most general terms they could not describe the goal toward which their efforts are directed, nor have they ever placed before their own minds a distinct and coherent picture of what they seek to make of this England which is subjected to their treatment.
You shall at once be made virtuous and unselfish by a special clause in our act. You must accept human liberty whole or entire, or you must give up all cogency of reasoning by which to defend any part of it.
It is sufficient to point out that those great advances in knowledge, which cause mental and moral revolutions, are more often made by those men who fit themselves to connect existing groups of facts, than by those who add one more group to the many thousand groups now in existence.
I do not ask that the principle of liberty should be accepted by any man until he has most carefully and most anxiously viewed it in its every bearing, and has examined every group of political facts with the purpose of ascertaining whether mischievous results, like in kind, do not, sooner or later, follow wherever there is a neglect or contempt of liberty.
Thus the workman is placed in the odious position of putting forward the pauper's plea, and two statments equally deficient in truth are made for him: To protect one man you must take from the resources of another man—you must abridge the amount which the latter by his exertions has earned for himself.
That was the major conflict in English politics in the s. To resume the argument, once let this right be granted —this right of free action and full enjoyment—and what follows? Let us hear all the counter evidence possible before we finally exalt it as our rule and guide, though, perhaps, when we have once done so, we shall be as much inclined to smile when it is impatiently proposed to disregard it for the sake of some passing evil, as the Astronomer Royal would be if some new group of facts were to be hastily explained in disregard of the influence of gravitation.
But what in the name of good logic and plain common sense have this universal interaction and interdependence to do with the fundamental dogmas of socialism? It is a pleasure, then, to read this collection of Auberon Herbert's essays.
These questions of justice and liberty stand first they cannot take second rank behind any other considerations, and if in our hurry we throw them on one side, unconsidered and unanswered, in time they will find their revenge in the imperfections and failure of our work.
We can see every day how the wealthy man, who strips himself entirely of the care of his children, and leaves them wholly in the hands of tutors, governesses, and schoolmasters, how little his life is influenced by them, how little he ends by learning from them.
A Monthly Review of Sociological Science. It is true that here, as elsewhere in nature, we may live in disregard of the law, but here, as elsewhere, there is no escape from the consequences. Of course, that is the problem with our historical hand-me-downs:The choices between personal freedom and state protectionState education: help or hindrance?--A politician in sight of havenThe right and wrong of compulsion by the stateThe ethics of dynamiteSalvation by forceLost in the region of phrasesMr.
Spencer and the great machineA plea for voluntaryismThe principles of voluntaryism and free life. The Right and Wrong of Compulsion by the State and Other Essays. Indianapolis: Liberty Classics, Indianapolis: Liberty Classics, Selection from Essay Four, “The Right and Wrong of Compulsion by the State” (pages ).
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