1759. From Wolin’s book Political Vision.

The ground-rules of political life,which Cicero had defined as equal protection before the law and the common recognition of law as the inviolable bond of society (lex sit civilis societatis vinculum),steadily lost their meaning. Terror, proscriptions, confiscation of the op-position’s property, and the growing reliance on private armies became the prevailing techniques. Politics had passed from rivalry to warfare.

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