The Law of Nature and Natural Rights

Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton

“To grant that there is a supreme intelligence Who rules the world and has established laws to regulate the actions of His creatures; and still to assert that man, in a state of nature, may be considered as perfectly free from all restraints of law and government, appears to a common understanding altogether irreconcilable. Good and wise men, in all ages, have embraced a very dissimilar theory. They have supposed that the Deity, from the relations we stand in to Himself and to each other, has constituted an eternal and immutable law, which is indispensably obligatory upon all mankind, prior to any human institution whatever. This is what is called the law of nature…. Upon this law depend the natural rights of mankind.” — Alexander Hamilton

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