The Right to Ignore the State

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Author: Herbert Spencer
Published: 1913
Language: English
Wordcount: 5,758 / 24 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 55.4
LoC Category: JC
Downloads: 1,007
Added to site: 2010.12.14
mnybks.net#: 29898
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Politics
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to resist to the uttermost." "Lastly," adds the legislator, "we shall require you to pay such sums of money toward the support of these religious institutions as we may see fit to ask." "Not a farthing will you have from me," exclaims our sturdy Independent; "even did I believe in the doctrines of your church (which I do not), I should still rebel against your interference; and, if you take my property, it shall be by force and under protest."

What now does this proceeding amount to when regarded in the abstract? It amounts to an assertion by the individual of the right to exercise one of his faculties--the religious sentiment--without let or hindrance, and with no limit save that set up by the equal claims of others. And what is meant by ignoring the State? Simply an assertion of the right similarly to exercise all the faculties. The one is just an expansion of the other--rests on the same footing with the other--must stand or fall with the other. Men do indeed speak of civil and religious li

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