How can 3 men take the rights of 2 men? Democracy!

"And what sort of philosophical doctrine is this — that numbers confer unlimited rights,
that they take from some persons all rights over themselves, and vest these rights in
others. … How, then, can the rights of three men exceed the rights of two men?
In what possible way can the rights of three men absorb the rights of two men, and make
them as if they had never existed. … It is not possible to suppose, without absurdity, that a
man should have no rights over his own body and mind, and yet have a 1/10,000,000th
share in unlimited rights over all other bodies and minds?"
                                                              Auberon Herbert
(1838-1906) English author
Source: "The Ethics of Dynamite", Contemporary Review, May 1894; reproduced in The
Right and Wrong of Compulsion by the State, and Other Essays by Auberon Herbert 
(Indianapolis: Liberty Classics, 1978), pp. 202-203

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