The most harmful error.

July 22, 2008

The most harmful error in the world today is the assertion that governments have the right to create territorial monopolies of coercion. This assertion directly contradicts the assertion that government legitimacy comes from the consent of the governed.

We assert that no government has the right to create a territorial monopoly of coercion, but that they may govern only those persons who clearly give consent to be governed by them. We further assert, as human persons, the right to choose the government by which we will be governed, and that every government, at every level, must make provision for those who do not wish to be governed by them.

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