Political Science 1020E Lecture Notes - Homo Economicus, Archos

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Believe that we would be better off without government. Any kind of state is better than no state at all. A few bad apples can ruin anything. Anarchists response: fear, suspicion, and competition will overwhelm cooperation: even if we have no state, humans are naturally good if everyone was good, then why are there now states, it s possible to have social cooperation without coercion. There seem to only be two options: conflict or the state. Negative argument: the state is the only alternative to the state of. Why political authority is morally problematic is state power. Key features of the state: claims a monopoly of legitimate violence, responsibility to protect its citizens (in turn for monopolizing legitimate violence) Universal political obligations justifying the state = showing that there are universal political obligations. Should we obey the law just because it s the law: the parent analogy:

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