Open Wiki Open WikiOpen InfoG Open InfoGNew Quote New Quote

Quote from Edward H. Crane,

[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)

(1944-) American libertarian, co-founder of the Cato Institute


Coercion, Force, Politics, Reason, Society, Statism


Get a Quote-A-Day!
Liberty Quotes sent to your mail box.
Email:  More quotes...