Talk:Might makes right
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Turnabout by Abe Lincoln
I think a reference to Abraham Lincoln's Cooper Union Address could fit here. It end with the reversed phrase Right makes Might. Actually:
LET US HAVE FAITH THAT RIGHT MAKES MIGHT, AND IN THAT FAITH, LET US, TO THE END, DARE TO DO OUR DUTY AS WE UNDERSTAND IT.
Lent 20:35, 28 February 2006 (UTC)
might makes right.. it's the fact that anybody can change any of this stuff that all three definitions of this philosophical concept note it's use in a positive sense, whereas the expression is basically a negative one (in at least one of its primary meanings).
older English usage
this article errs in saying that the first English use of the term is found in 1846. An 1844 publication in Google books includes use of the phrase. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 22.214.171.124 (talk) 15:44, 21 August 2008 (UTC)
Also, a reprint of William Camden's 1605 "Remaines of a Greater Worke" includes the phrase: "might overcometh right". Found here If that is not a clear predecessor, then I am sorely mistaken 126.96.36.199 (talk) 21:19, 5 March 2010 (UTC)