Man Is a Wolf to Man by Leon J. Podles

Column: The Matter At Hand

Homo Homini Lupus est

(Man Is a Wolf to Man)
by Leon J. Podles

Human solidarity is a fragile accomplishment. Habits of cooperation quickly evaporate under anarchy, as men exploit one another. The violent bear away the prize: survival. Hobbes looked to strong government to save the human race from self-destruction. Without government, the weak face the strong with no protection. In a state of nature, men devour one another.