Émile Faguet Quote

“An anarchist is an uncomprimising liberal.”

~ Émile Faguet

Politiques et moralistes du dix-neuvième siècle, Vol. 1 (Paris: Société Française d'Imprimerie et de Librairie, c. 1898), p. 226

Ratings and Comments

Mike, Norwalk

hmm, could be

E Archer, NYC

Not so sure about that. Maybe in 1898.

Bryan Morton, Stuart, FL

This is where time and location make a difference. Classical liberalism is much more like modern libertarianism, which, in its purest form, would be a stateless society.

Logan, Memphis, TN

Libertarianism isn't against government, nor does libertarianism extend the idea of no government. Libertarianism reduces the federal government to the strict bounds of the Constitution, and the individual State governments to local matters pertaining to how individuals interact with each other in their rights. The state, from a libertarian point of view, has no power, authority, or ability to act in anything the individual cannot give it power to act in; since the individual can work with his neighbor to put a road between their two properties, the individual can also delegate to the state to act in his stead (while keep vouchsafe the rights, freedoms, and liberties of the individual). It's not a hard concept to understand, and is certainly not anarchy... Just as a side note, anarchy is a arbitrary term, because there can be no absolute anarchy. Even in the largest mob riots and other "anarchical" groups, sociologist can still find some semblance of order...

RKA, Wasilla, AK

I am not going to give any star to this quote. But this is what I have to say. Being a strict constitutionalist it profusely angers me when anarchy is equated with libertarianism. The very very seed of libertarianism resides in individual liberty. When man seeks his liberty, he seeks for his rights, his god given right to do what he wills. If the state tries to keep him within certain bounds beyond what a constitution allows, that man has every right to fight for his right. If he does so, he is a true practitioner of democracy. It angers me further, when state tries to control every aspect of my existence and tag it democracy in the name of social good and justice. Where is democracy in that? Lets look at an example, Democratic Republic of Congo. Where in god's name is democracy in that country, and yet it laments itself "democratic". I am not a fool, that you come to my door wearing the mask of liberty, and inside that pocket of yours you hold the knife to cut my liberty. My right to ask for my liberty is not Anarchy, it is an order of human right to self-determine and exist.

Ken, Milford Pa

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E Archer, NYC

Great comment, RKA. Are there more like you in Wasilla? ;-)

RKA, Wasilla, AK

There are people like me in AK, enough to know the "Bush Doctrine"! ;-)

Logan, Memphis, TN

Ha Ha, damn the Bush Doctrine and neo-conservatives all!


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