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  • Is the state coercive?

    This is my first time posting on the forum. In all seriousness, I have been plagued in recent weeks with the title of this post. Let's suppose that a young man living with his parents in the apartment in which he was raised has just turned 18. His parents move out and leave him to pay for the rent...
    Posted to Political Theory (Forum) by QuisCustodiet on Sun, Oct 14 2012
  • Re: No society can exist without a social contract

    Is there something like a social contract? I guess one can find arguments for and against this. For the sake of argument I think one needs to first separate the issue of the existence of the social contract from the legitimacy of the state, which should discussed later.
    Posted to Political Theory (Forum) by Torsten on Tue, Jul 3 2012
  • A government as the only landlord

    Let me be a devil's advocate for a moment: Suppose we see a government of a territory as the only (allodial) owner of all the lands of this territory (and all the other private and corporate "owners" as what they are - tenants). Given this assumption, what is the difference between the...
    Posted to Political Theory (Forum) by Andris Birkmanis on Thu, Jun 24 2010
  • Re: Microsecession as a strategy and the prospects for a new Hanseatic League

    As you will find on the here mentionned links, the Hanseatic League's spirit has already been re-started in the city of Zwolle in the Netherlands, in 1980. You will find it at The actual president is the Mayor of the city of Luebeck in Germany. Since 1980, you have in summer, Hanseatic...
    Posted to Political Theory (Forum) by Brandy-Hans on Sun, May 3 2009
  • Re: Female circumcision

    [quote user="JohnSchreimann"]Be it moral or not to us, it doesn't differ from anything else that is outside of our jurisdiction. Or any of our government. [/quote] That is correct. Negroes, Arabs, Indians, Chinese do many things a Westerner would object to, but it is not under the jurisdiction...
    Posted to Political Theory (Forum) by Torsten on Tue, Jun 3 2008
  • Re: The social contract.

    [quote user="Brainpolice"]No it does not. [/quote] No it does, or rather as I have written it may : "...Being of some nation etc. may imply certain duties, rights and norms as well..." [quote user="Brainpolice"]It only does if we assume a false premise, I.E. legitimacy....
    Posted to Political Theory (Forum) by Torsten on Sat, May 31 2008
  • Re: The social contract.

    Perhaps one should first make sure we have consensus on what is used by social contract theory.[quote user="twistedbydsign99"] So I'm wondering what the best argument you guys feel, against the social contract theory, is? I suppose its just that entering into a contract without having to...
    Posted to Political Theory (Forum) by Torsten on Tue, May 27 2008
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