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Unformatted text preview: POL200Y March 14th 2012 Chapter 16 Representative Government:- Role of the agent; decisions are binding on us; servant who serves us by being our master o The sovereign- The modern enterprise; a project for an abolition of rule o The sovereign embodies the interests of the people, he does not rule them Liberty:- Other creatures live together in the state of nature; like bees and ants- Because we have reason, we need a force to hold us together because we can disagree over things irrational creatures cannot be offended- I relinquish my right to govern myself, if you relinquish your right to govern yourself o So there is no ruler, but the sovereign embodies your rights and duties o Sovereign does not rule, but serves as an agent Rights of Sovereigns:- His actions are always justified as our actions o Contradicting the sovereign is contradicting yourself o But this seeks unjust, but o The power to protect is the power to oppress- Difference between Hobbes and modern liberals is that liberals believe they COULD...
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