It must be remembered that 95 per cent of the peace, order, and welfare existing in human society is always produced by the conscientious practice of man-to-man justice and person-to-person charity. When any part of this important domain of personal virtue is transferred to government, that part is automatically released from restraints of morality and put into the area of conscience-less coercion. The field of personal responsibility is thus reduced at the same time and to the same extent that boundaries of irresponsibility are enlarged.

Clarence Manion

Manion, Clarence, “Legalized Immorality,” Essays on Liberty, (Foundation for Economic Education: Irvington, NY, 1952), vol. 1, p. 23.