The Book of Peace

The Book of Peace

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1845 edition. Excerpt: ...if at all, merely the sword of the magistrate, not the sword of the warrior; the sword being used here, not as an instrument of death, but only as an emblem of authority.' He is looking, not at the intercourse of one nation with another, but solely at the relation and duties of subjects to their own governments. Not a word does he say about international wars; nor does the passage express or involve a solitary principle that would, in our opinion, justify any species of war. The most it can possibly mean, is that government may enforce its laws upon its own subjects, and punish them at discretion for disobedience. Yet it may be said, for it. has been, that this right of government to punish or restrain its own subjects by force, involves the right of war. Here is the pivot of the whole controversy; and on this point we join issue, and contend, that the right, if admitted, to inflict capital punishment, and to use the sword in suppressing mobs and insurrections, does not include in itself the right of one nation to wage war with another nation under any circumstances whatever. If individuals come from a foreign country, and commit robbery, murder, or any other crimes, they become of course amenable to our laws as transient citizens, and the government clearly has a right to punish them in the same way it would offenders from its own subjects. But war is not an affair between individuals and governments; it is a conflict between GovernMents Themselves; and the agents employed in carrying it on, are treated, not as individuals, but as representatives of their respective governments. What.then is the sole point of inquiry? Not how government may treat its own subjects, but how one NaTion may treat Another nation. The former is the government...show more

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  • Paperback | 234 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 426g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236927419
  • 9781236927415