Is this so?
This question, also turn upon the solution of that other question — What are rights?
And again, self-control
, we say, is the principle of liberty.
Practical freedom is the exercise of the right
How far does the right of self-control extend?
I say that an instance in which a body of men emerged from a state of nature, (so called,) and formed a government by an original act, is unknown to history.
It never occurred.
Man was placed originally by Jehovah himself under political law. The very moment that he placed the first being in a relation to another by giving him a “helpmeet
,” he gave him a law to govern that relation, as we have seen; and all the subsequent acts of men in the matter of government-making, have been such modifications of the existing form of government as they supposed would better suit their circumstances.
But it is said that when society meets in convention to agree upon certain principles called a constitution, under which the laws shall be made, men do virtually, for the time being, resolve themselves into their original position or state without government; and that the constitution so formed is virtually an original formation.
Well, for the sake of the argument, let it be so. When, therefore, society thus falls back upon its original