Do not be misled . . . by an old collectivist trick which goes like this: there
is no absolute freedom anyway, since you are not free to murder; society limits
your freedom when it does not permit you to kill; therefore, society holds the
right to limit your freedom in any manner it sees fit; therefore, drop the
delusion of freedom—freedom is whatever society decides it is.
It is not society, nor any social right, that forbids you to kill—but the
inalienable individual right of another man to live. This is not a
“compromise” between two rights—but a line of division that preserves both
rights untouched. The division is not derived from an edict of society—but
from your own inalienable individual right. The definition of this limit is not
set arbitrarily by society—but is implicit in the definition of your own
Within the sphere of your own rights, your freedom is absolute.