If we wish to preserve a free society, it is essential that we recognize that the desirability of a particular object is not sufficient justification for the use of coercion.
To say that we mutually agree to coercion is not to say that we are required to enjoy it, or even to pretend we enjoy it.
The only kind of coercion I recommend is mutual coercion, mutually agreed upon by the majority of the people affected.
The social arrangements that produce responsibility are arrangements that create coercion, of some sort.
A law is not a law without coercion behind it.
Coercion may prevent many transgressions; but it robs even actions which are legal of a part of their beauty. Freedom may lead to many transgressions, but it lends even to vices a less ignoble form.
The principle that human nature, in its psychological aspects, is nothing more than a product of history and given social relations removes all barriers to coercion and manipulation by the powerful.
Law is any application for the official use of coercion that succeeds.
Therefore coercion of the non-invasive, when justifiable at all, is to be justified on the ground that it secures, not a minimum of ' invasion, but a minimum of pain.
A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.
Remember that mindsets can not be changed through force and coercion. No idea can ever be forcibly thrust upon any one.
Democratic nation states remain far more capable of managing the circuit of coercion, taxation and legitimation than any transnational bodies.
Coercion, after all, merely captures man. Freedom captivates him.
Because politics rests on an irreducible measure of coercion, it can never become a perfect realm of perfect love and justice.
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