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  •  Not really. (2+ / 0-)

    For Hobbes, the only criterion of the legitimacy of authority was its ability to impose order. Theoretically, it wouldn't matter in which way the state does it. Brave New World would work as well as Sweeden or 1984.

    Iuris praecepta sunt haec: Honeste vivere, alterum non laedere, suum cuique tribuere. - Ulpian, Digestae 1, 3

    by Dauphin on Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 09:15:28 AM PDT

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    •  Wasn't Hobbes a Royalist? (1+ / 0-)
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      I guess I'm thinking of "Leviathan" in a historical context -- people giving up whatever freedom they might possess to a strong leader because left to their own devices they turn into a brutish miserable mob, and so a strong government, i.e., a King, was best for everybody -- but I daresay I've always vastly over-simplified his theory.  

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