"Although the legal and ethical definitions of right are the antithesis of each other, most writers use them as synonyms.  They confuse power with goodness, and mistake law for justice."
Charles T. Sprading
(1871-1959) Libertarian activist, writer
Freedom and its Fundamentals
Bookmark and Share  
Reader comments about this quote:
Way too accurate, way too often
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
  • 1
    Justice is definitely messed up at the moment, hurry elections
     -- Kimo, USA     
  • 1
    There is always the question of ethical with any law.
     -- cal, lewisville, tx     
  • 1
    When laws are of themselves bad, such as laws spawned by the so-called war on drugs, that's when jury nullification needs to be used. No judge will ever tell a jury of this option.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
  • 1
    Way to inaccurate, most of the time... and yes, judges do often tell juries of their rights to nullify and make their own decisions separate from the letter of the law.
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA, US     
    If the term 'right' is to mean an 'empowerment to act' .. then it is 'legal' But then the term also means a 'natural law' I suppose.. There again it is both ethical and legal. Right at once means 'good power ' doesnt it ?
     -- vedapushpa, Bangalore - India     
  • 1
    "Judges do often tell juries of their rights to nullify," really?  Name one.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    Charles Sprading makes a great distinction.  In the religion of power, power is good, and the punishment of heresy is called justice.  The temptation is great and the rewards immense  what is the alternative?  The truth may set one free but does not grant power over others.  Giving up freedom for power usually results in slavery  there's only so much room at the top of the pyramid.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
  • 1
    Oppression is founded through mischief "framed in a law" and is always contrary to justice, for those Set at Liberty. Sincere friends of liberty have always been a minority. 
     -- Ronw13, OR     
  • 1
    Rate this quote!
    How many stars?

    What do YOU think?
    Your name:
    Your town:

    More Quotations
    Get a Quote-A-Day! Free!
    Liberty Quotes sent to your mail box.
    RSS Subscribe
    Quotes & Quotations - Send This Quote to a Friend

    © 1998-2021 Liberty-Tree.ca