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For a government to declare
a vice to be a crime, and
to punish it as such, is an attempt
to falsify the very nature of things.
It is as absurd as it would be
to declare truth to be a falsehood,
or falsehood a truth.
Lysander Spooner (more quotes by Lysander Spooner or books by/about Lysander Spooner)
(1808-1887) Political theorist, activist, abolitionist
Vices are Not Crimes, A Vindication of Moral Liberty (1875).
Prohibition, Punishment, Truth, Vice