Has Nadler said this sort of thing before or is this his big coming out?
I wouldn't be surprised if Marx, and probably Mussolini too, used nearly identical language in their writings.
Well, apparently the phrase originates with Max Weber.
And there are some subleties to the meaning. For instance, Weber recognized a right to self-defense. It’s just that he felt the right was granted to the individual by the state rather than originating in the individual. If that’s the case, then the state is justified in regulating the extent of the right. This seems to be where Nadler is going with the statement.
Some interesting discussion on the subject here:
It’s a lefty blog but they’re responding to comments made by Volokh about Weber on his blog.