“Robbery, rape, and slaughter they falsely call empire; and where they create a desert, they call it peace.”
Tacitus, Calgacus’ Speech from Agricola
It is not true that the legislator has an absolute power —
over our persons and our property
since they pre-exist him,
and his task is to surround them with guarantees.
It is not true that the function of the law is to regulate
our consciences, our ideas, our wills, our education,
our opinions, our work, our trade, our talents, our recreation.
Its function is to prevent the rights of one person
from interfering with rights of another in any of these matters.