upon by the Communists: infidelity and anarchy followed.
From them, it was consecrated in an abridged form of words in the greatest state paper that was ever written,--the “Declaration of Independence
,” --and incorporated into the popular language of the American
people, and, indeed, into that of every people where the English
language is spoken.
Great and good men, who abhor the folly of socialism, do not scruple to assert that the true theory of all governments is, that they are an abridgment of original and natural rights; forgetful of the fact that it is from the fountain of socialism that they draw their original supply of ideas.
Those of the republican type maintain that the government should be founded upon the concessions
of the majority, and that any thing else is tyranny.
I propose to deal with this idea in a future lecture.
I now only consider the dogma in the literal sense — the form in which it exists in popular thought.
Literally, what is the state of man by nature?
and, Is he free and equal in that state?
We can conceive of man as existing only in one or the other of two states; one of which is his natural state, and the other merely hypothetical: that is, the simple
, or individual state, and the complex
, or social state.
To conceive of men in their simple state, or as not in a state of society
, is to conceive