Vices Are Not Crimes: A Vindication

Vices Are Not Crimes A Vindication In the midst of this endless variety of opinion what man or what body of men has the right to say in regard to any particular action or course of action we have tried this experiment and determ

  • Title: Vices Are Not Crimes: A Vindication
  • Author: Lysander Spooner
  • ISBN: 9781419192562
  • Page: 117
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the midst of this endless variety of opinion, what man, or what body of men, has the right to say, in regard to any particular action, or course of action, we have tried this experiment, and determined every question involved in it We have determined it, not only for ourselves, but for all others And, as to all those who are weaker than we, we will coerce them to actIn the midst of this endless variety of opinion, what man, or what body of men, has the right to say, in regard to any particular action, or course of action, we have tried this experiment, and determined every question involved in it We have determined it, not only for ourselves, but for all others And, as to all those who are weaker than we, we will coerce them to act in obedience to our conclusions We will suffer no further experiment or inquiry by any one, and, consequently, no further acquisition of knowledge by anybody

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    1. It's too bad Daniel Kahneman didn't read this before publishing the last chapter in Thinking, Fast and Slow. He rather foolishly declared libertarians are against government nudging us because libertarians believe people don't make mistakes. Um, no. We are all too well aware of the imperfection of human knowledge. We're against other, equally fallible people forcing us to make mistakes of their choosing. This was a good little read, especially for someone unfamiliar with what libertarians actual [...]

    2. Interesting Quotes:"A government that shall punish all vices impartially is so obviously an impossibility, that nobody was ever found, or ever will be found, foolish enough to propose it. The most that any one proposes is, that government shall punish most a few of what he esteems the grossest of them. But this discrimination an utterly absurd, illogical, and tyrannical one. What right has any body of men to say, 'The vices of other men we will punish; but our own vices nobody shall punish?'"Nob [...]

    3. Pequeno livro, publicado em 1875, em que o autor se opõe à crescente intervenção do governo americano sobre as liberdades individuais, como no consumo de álcool, na prática de lutas (como o boxe), no jogo e na prostituição.Spooner defende de maneira inflexível que vícios, estando seus efeitos circunscritos ao próprio indivíduo, não configuram crimes, que por sua vez são atos que implicam danos a outros.Alguns leitores terão a impressão de que o autor por vezes exagera nas simplif [...]

    4. Poverty and ignorance lead to oppressive rulers."it is only the poverty, ignorance, and consequent weakness of the many, that enable the combined and organized few to acquire and maintain such arbitrary power over them."I enjoyed this book.

    5. Amazing read! A pithy book on the distinction between vice and crime, and how to discern which activities ought under natural law to be regulated by the government. In this short work Spooner deals with issues of interest in discussions of legalization of recreational drugs, regulation of liquor, suicide, euthanasia, welfare, prison reform, economics, self-defense, and mental illness. Spooner, based on several statements, believes that man is basically good, an assumption I find hard to vindicat [...]

    6. Its all in the title. Though I agreed with most of his conclusions, I found this book too long winded for the basic summations he made. There is definitely food for thought in this book and its worth the short amount of time you will invest in it, but don't expect to be wowed by his literary prowess. Its all very mechanical and verbose.

    7. Based on the title, which truely captured my attention, an analysis of any 'vice' amounts to if an individual considers it to be such, therefore prosecutions for vices will be most unfair due to individual perception

    8. This is an interesting and well written short booklet. In this pamphlet Spooner outlines his opinion on the importance of limiting the state's intervention and warning against misidentifying vices as crimes. Clear and often witty it is an easy but worthwhile read.

    9. This was written as a direct reply to the John Locke school of political philosophy. It beautifully explains why prosecution for vice should never be pursued in Lockian political philosophy.

    10. Un pamphlet brillant en faveur de la liberté morale et contre toute légitimité des gouvernements d'empêcher les individus de rechercher le bonheur et la connaissance.

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