Talk:Benjamin Tucker

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  • Commanded love of all men indiscriminately is an obliteration of distinction between love and hate, and therefore is not love at all.
  • One thing, however, is sure, - that in all cases the effort should be to impose all the cost of repairing the wrong upon the doer of the wrong. This alone is real justice, and of course such justice is necessarily free.
  • Such security is equal liberty. But it is not necessarily equality in the use of the earth.
  • The cost of justice can be justly paid only by the invader.
  • The moment that justice must be paid for by the victim of injustice it becomes itself injustice.
  • 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.
  • To secure ourselves in this use, each contracts, or will ultimately contract, with his fellows not to encroach upon those portions of the earth which they are actually using, in return for their agreement not to encroach upon that portion of the earth which he is actually using.
  • We aim to decrease invasion only because, as a rule, invasion increases the total of pain (meaning, of course, pain suffered by the ego, whether directly or through sympathy with others).
  • We are here, on earth. Not one of us has any right to the earth.