Anthony Jasay

Anthony Jasay

People who live in states have as a rule never experienced the state of nature and vice-versa, and have no practical possibility of moving from the one to the other ... On what grounds, then, do people form hypotheses about the relative merits of state and state of nature? ... My contention here is that preferences for political arrangements of society are to a large extent produced by these very arrangements, so that political institutions are either addictive like some drugs, or allergy-inducing like some others, or More Anthony Jasay quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Self-imposed limits on sovereign power can disarm mistrust, but provide no guarantee of liberty and property beyond those afforded by the balance between state and private force.More Anthony Jasay quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
In the process of helping some (perhaps most) people to more utility and justice, the state imposes on civil society a system of interdictions and commands.More Anthony Jasay quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Having gathered all power to itself, [the State] has become the sole focus of all conflict, and it must construct totalitarian defences to match its total exposure.More Anthony Jasay quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Karl Popper once advised a student that if he wanted to reap intellectual fame, he should write endless pages of obscure, high-flown prose that would leave the reader puzzled and cowed. He should then here and there smuggle in a few sensible, straightforward sentences all could understand. The reader would feel that since he has grasped this part, he must have also grasped the rest. He would then congratulate himself and praise the author.More Anthony Jasay quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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