"Government by kings . . . was the most
prosperous invention the Devil ever set on foot for the promotion
of idolatry. . . Monarchy is ranked in scripture as one of the
sins of the Jews, for which a curse in reserve is denounced
"Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered . . . "1
to see how rapidly a panic will sometimes run through a
obscurity in which the origin of all the present old governments
is buried, implies the iniquity and disgrace with which
they began. . . Those bands of robbers having parcelled
out the world, and divided it into dominions, began . . .
to quarrel with each other. . . What at first was plunder,
assumed the softer name of revenue . . .
From such beginning of governments, what could be expected, but a continual
system of war and extortion? It has established itself into a trade."1d
on First Principles.
"The true policy . . . is to interest the whole by an equality
of rights, for the danger arises from exclusions.
It is possible to exclude men from the right of voting, but it is
impossible to exclude them from the right of rebelling against
that exclusion; and when all other rights are taken away, the right
of rebellion is made perfect."1e
"When rights are
secure, property is secure in consequence. But when property
is made a pretence for unequal or exclusive rights, it weakens the
right to hold property, and provokes indignation and tumult . . . "1f
aristocrats in all countries were brigands."1g*