Thursday, January 10, 2013
[W]ere the impulses of conscience clear, uniform, and irresistibly obeyed, man would need no other lawgiver; but that not being the case, he finds it necessary to surrender up a part of his property to furnish means for the protection of the rest; and this he is induced to do by the same prudence which in every other case advises him out of two evils to choose the least. WHEREFORE, security being the true design and end of government, it unanswerably follows that whatever FORM thereof appears most likely to ensure it to us, with the least expence and greatest benefit, is preferable to all others.
Here then is the origin and rise of government; namely, a mode rendered necessary by the inability of moral virtue to govern the world; here too is the design and end of government, viz. freedom and security. And however our eyes may be dazzled with snow, or our ears deceived by sound; however prejudice may warp our wills, or interest darken our understanding, the simple voice of nature and of reason will say, it is right.
BUT DON'T TAKE MY GUNS!
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I'm recovering from the surgical extraction of a back lower tooth and it might be the drugs wearing too thin but I can't help but wonder how the High Plains drifter figures into this. Other than the last sentence, I know how he fits in with that one. I blame him for the bill too, "socialist medicine" and all of that.
I've been reading Paine a bit this past year, Common Sense was his high point, the later stuff goes seriously down hill. I'd love to know how his near escape from the guillotine fit into his adoration of the "enlightnement" that almost cut his head off and his (miraculous?) survival . If those guys had a magnum instead of a blade, Ol' Tom Paine would have come to an abrupt end.
Posted by: Anthony McCarthy | Jan 10, 2013 3:18:36 PM