Benjamin Tucker

Found 17 thoughts of Benjamin Tucker

The moment that justice must be paid for by the victim of injustice it becomes itself injustice.

Benjamin Tucker

The cost of justice can be justly paid only by the invader.

Benjamin Tucker

Defence was an afterthought, prompted by necessity; and its introduction as a State function, though effected doubtless with a view to the strengthening of the State, was really and in principle the initiation of the State's destruction.

Benjamin Tucker

The essence of government is control, or the attempt to control.

Benjamin Tucker

Murder is an offensive act. The term cannot be applied legitimately to any defensive act.

Benjamin Tucker

I have also seen it stated that Capital punishment is murder in its worst form. I should like to know upon what principle of human society these assertions are based and justified.

Benjamin Tucker

Aggression is simply another name for government.

Benjamin Tucker

That those prominent in the intermediate Socialistic divisions do not fully understand what they are about is evident from the positions they occupy.

Benjamin Tucker

Commanded love of all men indiscriminately is an obliteration of distinction between love and hate, and therefore is not love at all.

Benjamin Tucker

The right of such control is already admitted by the State Socialists, though they maintain that, as a matter of fact, the individual would be allowed a much larger liberty than he now enjoys.

Benjamin Tucker

For, just as it has been said that there is no half-way house between Rome and Reason, so it may be said that there is no half-way house between State Socialism and Anarchism.

Benjamin Tucker

First, then, State Socialism, which may be described as the doctrine that all the affairs of men should be managed by the government, regardless of individual choice.

Benjamin Tucker

The two principles referred to are Authority and Liberty, and the names of the two schools of Socialistic thought which fully and unreservedly represent one or the other of them are, respectively, State Socialism and Anarchism.

Benjamin Tucker

To force a man to pay for the violation of his own liberty is indeed an addition of insult to injury.

Benjamin Tucker

Therefore coercion of the non-invasive, when justifiable at all, is to be justified on the ground that it secures, not a minimum of ' invasion, but a minimum of pain.

Benjamin Tucker

The exercise of authority over the same area by two States is a contradiction.

Benjamin Tucker

Marx, as we have seen, solved it by declaring capital to be a different thing from product, and maintaining that it belonged to society and should be seized by society and employed for the benefit of all alike.

Benjamin Tucker