A libertarian rehabilitation of Hobbes

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February 21, 2012
Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Kevin Vallier  
Posted in Commentary

"Hobbes believes that all people are naturally free and equal. That is, no one was born with natural authority over others. Political authority can only come from agreement. Yes, Hobbes has a notion of tacit consent and yes, Hobbes believed in a limited set of natural laws that prescribe some natural duties. But he nonetheless recognized that in a great many circumstances, for John to have a duty to obey Reba, John must have agreed to that duty." (02/21/12)


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