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The state of freedom and justice - government as if people matter most
Michael Horsman
Paperback / softback
Shepheard-Walwyn (Publishers)
UK Publication Date

Few have given much thought to how a state of freedom and justice should be organized. This book is the result of the author's 35-year odyssey in search of an answer. He has taken a multi-disciplinary approach, reading widely over many years in the realms of Politics and Economics, Sociology and Philosophy, History and Law. This approach has led to some fresh insights which do not fit into the current left wing/right wing political analysis straitjacket. Comparing the consensus theory of the origin of the state, popularized by Rousseau, with the less well-known conflict theory as expounded by Franz Oppenheimer, the author argues that most states have arisen from the conquest of one class over another, or one tribe over another. Thus the modern state is characterized by a ruling class exercising the coercive power of the state, denying freedom and justice to the rest in varying degrees. Thus the state can be our greatest enemy - the 20th century provides plenty of evidence for that. To counter the abuse of power, the author follows the work of Frederic Bastiat in describing a minimal state, limited to the defence of the territory and to maintaining law and order.

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Michael Horsman lives in Ireland and knows from firsthand experience of farming for 15 years and now running his own business how free enterprise and government can collide.

Keyword Index
State, The.|Political science - Philosophy.|Ideology.
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Number of Pages
v, 165

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