The ideal for which [marriage] stands in the state is liberty. It stands for liberty for the very simple reason ... [that] it is the only ... [institution] that is at once necessary and voluntary. It is the only check on the state that is bound to renew itself as eternally as the state, and more naturally than the state ... This is the only way in which truth can ever find refuge from public persecution, and the good man survive bad government.
Thursday, 18 September 2008
The Family - an anarchist institution against the totalitarian state?
In 1920 GK Chesterton explained why the family is, in essence, an anarchist institution against the totalitarian state: