A Blast From 1837

Here’s an early (pre-Spencer) statement of the law of equal freedom and/or non-aggression principle:

[N]o movement can be permanently successful among progressive minds which stops short of a full and complete recognition of the entire liberty of the individual, so long as the action coming from such liberty trespasses upon neither the person or [sic] property of another.

Particularly interesting is its source: an 1837 publication of the First International; see details here. (The article is about Josiah Warren, but the quotation is not from Warren; in fact Warren wanted to make it less libertarian by including a right to one’s “reputation,” i.e., to the contents of other people’s minds.)


I am an idiot. Of course the First International didn’t exist in 1837. And so of course this quotation is from 1873, and so of course it’s not pre-Spencer.

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2 Responses to A Blast From 1837

  1. Clyde Adams III April 27, 2016 at 4:45 pm #

    1837 appears to be a misprint for 1873.

    • Roderick May 3, 2016 at 4:19 pm #

      Sorry, you’ve reached the Idiot House. Only idiots are available to answer your comment. 8*/

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