Power always and everywhere had had a pernicious, corrupting effect upon men. It “converts a good man in private life to a tyrant in office.” It acts upon men like drink: it “is known to be intoxicating in its nature”-“too intoxicating and liable to abuse.” And nothing within man is sufficiently strong to guard against these effects of power-certainly not “the united considerations of reason and religion,” for they have never “been sufficiently powerful to restrain these lusts of men.
a state is a human community that (successfully) claims the monopoly of the legitimate use of physical force within a given territory…. The state is considered the sole source of the ‘right’ to use violence.
If that sovereignty and their freedom cannot be reconciled, which will they take? They will cast your sovereignty in your face. No body will be argued into slavery.
slave rebellions occurred on approximately 10 percent of all slave ships,