Quote of the day–Thomas Paine

The supposed quietude of a good man allures the ruffian; while on the other hand, arms like laws discourage and keep the invader and the plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property.  The balance of power is the scale of peace.  The same balance would be preserved were all the world destitute of arms, for all would be alike; but since some WILL NOT (original emphasis), others DARE NOT (original emphasis) lay them aside… Horrid mischief would ensue were one half the world depraved the use of them;… the weak will become a prey to the strong.

Thomas Paine
Literature
Thoughts on Defensive War (1775)