Power and Freedom (pt. 1)

Power and Freedom (pt. 1) - Power and Freedom The Human...

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Power and Freedom
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The Human Predicament: Competition Between Power and Freedom Competing groups > Tyranny > Revolution > Anarchy > = Endless cycle of violence
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What is needed? A society that can preserve freedom but prevent chaos
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A remedy for chaos: Sovereignty Definition: ultimate political power, the final say in a jurisdiction
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The problem with power: In competition with individual rights, it can lead to tyranny “Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.” --Lord Acton
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John Locke
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Locke, 2nd Treatise of Government, Chapter 8 Whosoever therefore out of a state of nature unite into a community, must be understood to give up all the power, necessary to the ends for which they unite into society, to the majority of the community. . . . And thus that, which begins and actually constitutes any political society, is nothing but the consent of any number of freemen capable of a majority to unite and incorporate into such a society. And this is that, and that only, which did, or could
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