Charles de Montesquieu

(born Charles-Louis de Secondat) French lawyer, man of letters, and political philosopher who lived during the Age of Enlightenment.

About Politics

The right of conquest is not a right. A society can be founded only with the consent of its members. If it is destroyed by conquest, the nation becomes free again; it is not a new society, and if the conquerer tries to create one it will be a dictatorship.