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[T]here are, at bottom, basically two ways to order social affairs, Coercively, through the mechanisms of the state—what we can call political society. And voluntarily, through the private interaction of individuals and associations -- what we can call civil society. ... In a civil society, you make the decision. In a political society, someone else does. ... Civil society is based on reason, eloquence, and persuasion, which is to say voluntarism. Political society, on the other hand, is based on force.
Edward H. Crane (more quotes by Edward H. Crane or books by/about Edward H. Crane)
Founder and president of the Cato Institute
Coercion, Force, Politics, Reason, Society, Statism