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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

“No place for the state”

de bene esse: literally, of well-being, morally acceptable but subject to future validation or exception

"Obviously, the state's responsibility should be to legislate rules for a well-ordered society. It has no right or duty to creep into the bedrooms of the nation. “The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community is to prevent harm to others,” John Stuart Mill said in his essay On Liberty, 100 years ago. The state's responsibility is crime. The church's responsibility is sin. There is a difference."
The following editorial, entitled “Unlocking the Locked Step of Law and Morality,” appeared in The Globe and Mail on December 12, 1967.

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