Political Science 1020E Lecture Notes - Jeremy Bentham, Homo Economicus, Appeasement

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Wolff says that political obligation is: states obligation to coexist with other states, obligation to obey the law because it"s the law, easier to justify after smoking weed. Voluntarism: states political authority depends on my consent: express consent, tacit consent, hypothetical consent. Is there something that is morally equivalent to consenting: does residence count, staying is morally equivalent to consenting, because if you hate it, you can leave. Obstacles to leaving: poverty culture, language, other states. If there are obstacles to leaving, then it is not morally equivalent to consent. Hypothetical consent: 1: rational individuals would consent is they were in the state of nature, objection: hypothetical consent is not actual consent, non-voluntarism: worthy of consent. Hypothetical consent: 2 to: voluntarism: hypothetical consent gets us to realize what we already consent, objection: it"s not really consent, because we aren"t aware, objection 2: some may refuse to consent.

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