By Robert Higgs | Monday November 27, 2017 at 11:09 AM PST | Comments Off on Consent of the Governed, Revisited
What gives some people the right to rule others? At least since John Locke’s time, the most common and seemingly compelling answer has been “the consent of the governed.” When the North American revolutionaries set out to justify their secession from the British Empire, they declared, among other things: “Governments are instituted among Men,...
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By Robert Higgs | Monday November 16, 2009 at 10:27 AM PST | 15 Comments
“That government is best which governs not at all,” Said Henry David Thoreau, But what did he know? _______________________________________________ “Liberty: not the daughter but the mother of order,” Declared Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, And then he passed on. _______________________________________________ “When the government is too intrusive, people lose their spirit,” Noted Lao-tzu, As I would, too. _______________________________________________...
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