Chesterton: A Necessary But Not A Noble Element

“This is the first essential element in government, coercion; a necessary but not a noble element. I may remark in passing that when people say that government rests on force they give an admirable instance of the foggy and muddled cynicism of modernity. Government does not rest on force. Government is force; it rests on consent or a conception of justice.”

– G.K. Chesterton, What’s Wrong with the World

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