James Wilson

A Quote by James Wilson on government, laws, and nature

From a series of lectures given between 1790 and 1792. I go farther; and now proceed to show, that in peculiar instances, in which those rights can receive neither protection nor reparation from civil government, they are, notwithstanding its institution, entitled still to that defence, and to those methods of recovery, which are justified and demanded in a state of nature. The defence of one's self, justly called the primary law of nature, is not, nor can it be abrogated by any regulation of municipal law.

James Wilson

Source: Of the Natural Rights of Individuals, in 2 The Works of James Wilson 335 (J.D. Andrews ed. 1896).

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