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978-0-913966-98-3 / 0913966983

The Man Versus the State

by Spencer, Herbert

Publisher:Liberty Fund Inc.

Edition:Softcover

Language:English

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Spencer had caught a vision of what might be in store for mankind if its potential were free to realize itself.

 Edmund A. Opitz, The Freeman

This volume contains the four essays that Spencer published as The Man Versus the State in 1884 as well as five essays added by later publishers. In addition, it provides "The Proper Sphere of Government," an important early essay by Spencer.

Spencer develops various specific disastrous ramifications of the wholesale substitution of the principle of compulsory cooperationthe statist principlefor the individualist principle of voluntary cooperation. His theme is that "there is in society . . . that beautiful self-adjusting principle which will keep all its elements in equilibrium. . . . The attempt to regulate all the actions of a community by legislation will entail little else but misery and compulsion."

Eric Mack is Professor of Philosophy at Newcomb College of Tulane University

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