Of the Limits to the Authority of Society over the Individual. Where does the authority of society begin? How much of human life should essay on social evils with quotations assigned to individuality, and how much to society?
Each will receive its proper share, if each has that which more particularly concerns it. Though society is not founded on a contract, and though no good purpose is answered by inventing a contract in order to deduce social obligations from it, every one who receives the protection of society owes a return for the benefit, and the fact of living in society renders it indispensable that each should be bound to observe a certain line of conduct towards the rest. These conditions society is justified in enforcing at all costs to those who endeavour to withhold fulfilment. Nor is this all that society may do.