Political Economy Book Club continues discussion of Social Statics
30 East Adams Street
Chicago, IL 60603
This session focuses on parts 3 and 4.
Government being simply an agent employed in common by a number of individuals to secure to them certain advantages, the very nature of the connection implies that it is for each to say whether he will employ such an agent or not. If any one of them determines to ignore this mutual-safety confederation, nothing can be said except that he loses all claim to its good offices, and exposes himself to the danger of maltreatment—a thing he is quite at liberty to do if he likes. He cannot be coerced into political combination without a breach of the law of equal freedom; he can withdraw from it without committing any such breach; and he has therefore a right so to withdraw.”
From Chapter 19, “The Right to Ignore the State”
Political Economy Book Club discussions are free and open to the public, but it is preferable that you RSVP to Bob Matter.