Fallacies of the Law by Henry S. WilcoxFallacies of the Law by Henry S. Wilcox

Fallacies of the Law

byHenry S. Wilcox

Paperback | February 9, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1907 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER III. UNJUST RESTRAINTS. The Founders of the national government declare in the preamble to the constitution that its object is to secure the blessings of liberty to themselves and their posterity. The word liberty sounds sweet to the subject when it is promised in the proclamations of kings. Usually, however, it means but little in such emanations. Law writers have defined civil liberty to mean the right of each subject of the government to act as he may desire, providing he does not prevent the exercise of a like right by others. This definition enforces the idea of equality and forbids any member of the community to seek through the agency of the government to force upon other members a compliance with his personal desires or notions of conduct. There can be no liberty where the subject must obey the caprice of a single ruler, a democratic government, or an organized mob. None perhaps will challenge the correctness of this statement, but every attempt to apply it will meet strenuous opposition. We have become so accustomed to believe one thing and practice another that we are shocked when asked to put our theories into practice. Among the laws that plainly violate these principles of liberty are the following: i. Laws forbidding the reasonable use of certain articles of diet or forbidding the sale of such articles for the purpose of making it difficult to get them. If the state may assume to direct the individual as to his diet and require him to consult the statutes in making his bill of fare under the pretense that the thing with which he desires to satisfy his appetite will be harmful to him if he abuses it, then there is no act which it may not at any time forbid. 2. Laws which interfere with the right to work. Our natures revolt against any d...
Title:Fallacies of the LawFormat:PaperbackDimensions:40 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.08 inPublished:February 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217718280

ISBN - 13:9780217718288