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Thomas Paine, Frederic Bastiat, James Burgh

"A constitution is not the act of a government,
but of a people constituting a government;
and government without a constitution is power without a right.
All power exercised over a nation, must have some beginning.
It must be either delegated, or assumed. There are not other sources.
All delegated power is trust, and all assumed power is usurpation.
Time does not alter the nature and quality of either."
-- Thomas Paine
(1737-1809) US Founding father, pamphleteer, author
http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quote_blog/Thomas.Paine.Quote.71D2


"If every person has the right to defend -- even by force -- his person, his liberty, and his property, then it follows that a group of men have the right to organize and support a common force to protect these rights constantly. Thus the principle of collective right -- its reason for existing, its lawfulness -- is based on individual right. And the common force that protects this collective right cannot logically have any other purpose or any other mission than that for which it acts as a substitute. Thus, since an individual cannot lawfully use force against the person, liberty, or property of another individual, then the common force -- for the same reason -- cannot lawfully be used to destroy the person, liberty, or property of individuals or groups."
-- Frederic Bastiat
(1801-1850) French economist, statesman, and author. He did most of his writing during the years just before -- and immediately following -- the French Revolution of February 1848
Source: "The Law" by Frederic Bastiat (1848)
http://liberty-tree.ca/research/TheLaw>http://liberty-tree.ca/research/TheLaw
http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quote_blog/Frederic.Bastiat.Quote.02DE


"All lawful authority, legislative, and executive, originates from the people."
-- James Burgh
(1714-1775) was an English Whig politician
Source: "Political Disquisitions: Or, an Enquiry into Public Errors, Defects, and Abuses" (London, 1774-1775)
http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quote_blog/James.Burgh.Quote.B704


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