Quotation of the Day…

by Don Boudreaux on October 25, 2013

in Politics

… is from page xix of George H. Smith’s Introduction to the 1997 edition of Franz Oppenheimer’s classic and crucial 1908 tract, The State:

According to Hume, some people will always resist a new government, and these people must be forcibly suppressed.  Over time, however, the government will assume an aura of legitimacy, and most people will obey as a matter of habit.  It is therefore correct to say that people acquiesce to a government, but this should not be confused with consent.  Consent is possible only where there is choice, and no government can permit obedience to become a matter of choice.

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