Thinking about Government

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All governments are systems of collective action All governments at their root are coercive Tend to put in costume those who have authority over us How do we deal with the Human Condition? The U.S. system is predicated upon classical liberalism ** Philosophy of John Locke Classical Liberalism Four Universal Rules 1. Natural Law a. There is more than just Divine right 2. State of Nature a. Eliminate social cues – people would still self-organize 3. Social Contract a. When people organize, they will come to some hierarchy; verbal or non b. At individual level, at mass level leads to government 4. Tacit Consent a. Apathy; the lifeblood of governments easier governing 5. Liberty and Private Property Influenced greatly the formation of the United States government declaration of independence **Other Value Systems 1. Communitarian Ethic a. Aristotle’s Proof of the Naturalness of the State The Declaration of Independence Values found in the American Experience
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