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Vatican Sayings by Epicurus

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Étienne De La Boétie – Discourse on Voluntary Servitude

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The real crisis in Calais

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Henry David Thoreau – Resistance to Civil Government (Civil Disobedience)

Nature is on the side of self-ownership…

Nature is on the side of self-ownership, self-guidance. We see that each man and each woman is individually endowed by nature with a separate, complete, and perfect machinery for self-guidance — the mind to guide, the body to act under its guidance; and we hold, as a great natural fact as well as a great moral truth — probably from a human point of view the greatest of all facts and the greatest of all truths — that each man owns his own body and mind, and thus cannot rightfully own the body and mind of another man. We hold that what one man cannot morally do, a million of men cannot morally do, and government, representing many millions of men, cannot do.

Auberon Herbert, "The Principles of Voluntaryism and Free Life" (1885)

The State’s criminality is nothing new…

The State's criminality is nothing new and nothing to be wondered at. It began when the first predatory group of men clustered together and formed the State, and it will continue as long as the State exists in the world, because the State is fundamentally an anti-social institution, fundamentally criminal.

The idea that the State originated to serve any kind of social purpose is completely unhistorical. It originated in conquest and confiscation -- that is to say, in crime. It originated for the purp...

Whenever government…

Whenever government assumes to deliver us from the trouble of thinking for ourselves, the only consequences it produces are those of torpor and imbecility.

William Godwin

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Thomas Paine – The Rights Of Man

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