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In the state of nature there is no property, no justice or injustice, only war.  And such a war as is of every man against every man.  Force and fraud in war are the two cardinal virtues.  Men are forced to co-operate by reasons of pure selfishness.  Law and morality are no more than organized violence.  The dominant urge of man is self-preservation, manifested primarily as fear, continual fear and danger of violent death; and the life of man solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short.
    —     Thomas Hobbes
From:  “The Leviathan
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