minority — and the same of uncivilized men dwelling in a community of the civilized — are to the benefits of an absolute form of government; any other would be only a system of ruinous oppression to them: that at his maturity as a civilized man, he should be protected in the exercise of all the rights which naturally belong to a state of maturity, and also the enjoyment of all those rights which he has acquired by availing himself of the privileges afforded by his condition.
Of his acquired rights, we see that on certain conditions he is entitled to social equality; and that on certain further conditions, he is entitled to the right of political sovereignty.
Now, we ask, in what sense can it be said that legitimate government is a concession of some rights, in order to secure others?
Certainly, in no good sense, seeing it only limits his power to do wrong
, by laying him under suitable disabilities, and that it does this in order to secure both the power and the privilege of doing right.
But by falsely assuming that government is a concession of rights, and that the government in which every citizen does not make a voluntary concession of the rights exercised by government is a cruel oppression, men fall upon conclusions which, when carried out, (and principles will tend to work out their results,) lead to agrarianism: that is, the