controlling the lower nature of man, is among the permanent beliefs of mankind.
Neither legislators nor philosophers originated these beliefs.
They are among the intuitions of man. The common judgment of mankind is not more assured that man exists, than that fallen man must be controlled in his appetites, propensities, and passions — the sum of what is often considered his interest and his happiness — by the physical powers of government
. Each individual man feels that he needs its powerful sanctions to arm him against himself, when violently tempted to do wrong; and that he needs its sanctions to protect him from outrage and wrong from his fellow-men, when moved by similar forces.
The instincts of animal nature are not more certain in their movements than are the intuitive
perceptions and spontaneous feelings of mankind, causing them to lean upon the strong arm of civil government, to control
the propensities and passions, and to promote the free exercise of the higher moral nature of man.
Government is the whole society in action.
No people was ever known to exist for any definite period without government.
Sometimes, it is true, the form
has been the result of implied understandings among the people — as when “there was no judge in Israel
:” at others, a master-spirit has assumed the reins, and been deferred to by