The Right to Ignore the State


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"Have we not seen that human happiness is the Divine will — that only by exercising our faculties is this happiness obtainable — and that it is impossible to exercise them without freedom? And if this freedom for the exercise of faculties is a condition without which the Divine will cannot be fulfilled, the preservation of it is, by our objector's own showing, a duty."

If it is impossible to exercise faculties (volition) without freedom, then it follows that freedom is life, whereas coercion is death. Yeah. I'll buy that.