"The essential characteristic of all government, whatever its form, is authority. There must, in every instance, be, on the one hand, governors, and on the other hand, those who are governed. And the authority of governors, directly or indirectly, rest in all cases ultimately on FORCE. Government, in its last analysis, is organized force. Not necessarily or invariably organized, armed force, but the will of a few men, of many men, or of a community prepared by organization to realize its own purposes with reference to the common affairs of the community. Organized, that is, to rule, to dominate."
by:
Woodrow Wilson
(1856-1924) 28th US President
Source:
The State, by Woodrow Wilson (1918), p.572
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Not shooting the messenger  much more accurate than not. Government's rule is through force and dominance (de jure authority is an entirely different issue).“Government is not reason, it is not eloquence — it is force. Like fire it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master” (attributed to George Washington) GOVERNMENT IS NOTHING MORE THAN A MENTAL ABSTRACT OF MASS HYPNOSIS. As long as a tyrant (king, oligarchy, etc.) can continue to convince the general body of chattel as to their lowliness, wealth extraction will finance willing enforcers.

Law enforcement is an oxymoron. Can an individual enforce any facet of the "law of nature and of nature's God" (Declaration of Independence) i.e, science, gravity, math, life, liberty, property? The answer: a resounding NO! ! !  Government can only enforce tyranny
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Authority to Defend the "unprivileged sovereign" was the farther'st thing from Wilson's socialistic mindset of dominance. In other words an educated Tyrant. 
     -- Ronw13, Oregon     
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    This quote from Woodrow Wilson is a very good illustration of his deliberate mindset to Rule by Force and Dominate the individual through his own and along with his despotic peers' fractious laws.

     -- Mary, MI     
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    Wilson is being brutally honest about the cause of progressive liberal authoritarianism  to dominate.


     -- E Archer, NYC     
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