Abusing the social contract

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October 18, 2011
A Passion for Liberty
by Tibor R, Machan  
Posted in Commentary

"Social compact/contract theories are appealing for being anti-elitist, for not invoking the idea of a natural ruler, political elite or aristocracy. They are, however, also too committed to the ideal of majority rule, as if gaining the hypothetical consent of the people justified all kinds of oppressive measures against individuals. Moreover, such theories leave it quite undecided who is authorized to implement and maintain them." (10/17/11)

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  • The only ethical and doable "social contract."

    Do all that you have promised to do
    Do not encroach on the lives or property of others

    There it is in a nutshell. It is "enforceable" only by voluntary action and mutual consent. Or, in the extreme, by acts of self defense. One person and one case at a time. Character and reputation, not "laws."

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