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Enemy (natural)

.—National enmities have been always produced and encouraged by kingly and preistly policy. The wolf is the natural enemy of the lamb; the vulture of the dove. By instinct they are so. They must live; but one people can never be the natural enemy of another; unless we consider mankind in the same savage light as the vulture and the wolf. A nation is no more than a member of that large family, the human race, and can only flourish in proportion with the felicity and welfare of the whole. What greater absurdity can be imagined than that a people who owe all their prosperity to commerce, that is to say, to their connections with other people, should call themselves the natural enemy of this or of that people, and indeed of every thing that is not confined within their own circle! Is it not evident that this abominable prejudice is kept up by a gang of plunderers and monopolizers, under protection of Church and State, who find their advantage and emolument in it?

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Entry taken from A Political Dictionary, by Charles Pigott, 1795.

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Enemy natural