political power

A Quote by Butler Shaffer on political power, politics, sanction, and liberty

Political systems derive their power not from guns and prisons, but from the willingness of those who are to be ruled to expend their energies on their behalf. For state power to exist, a significant number of men and women must sanction the idea of being ruled by others, a sanction that depends, ultimately, upon the credibility of those who exercise such power. When we vote in an election, we are declaring, by our actions, our support for the process of some people ruling others by coercive means. Our motivations for such participation – even if they be openly expressed as a desire to bring state power to an end – do not mitigate the fact that our energies are being employed on behalf of the destructive principle that liberty and social order can best be fostered through the coercive machinery of the state.

Butler Shaffer

Source: http://www.lewrockwell.com/shaffer/ebook/1.html

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A Quote by E. C. Riegel on democracy, money, power, politics, government, tyranny, freedom, liberty, sovereign, and political power

Money power cannot be separated from democratic power without miscarriage and ensuing frustration - political and economic. Democracy implies the sovereignty of man; and, since man cannot be sovereign without the money power, there can not be democracy under the political money system.

E. C. Riegel

Source: http://www.mind-trek.com/treatise/ecr-pem/ch2.htm

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