7Interlude and recapitulation with some intermediate conclusions: Everyday living of finite human beings – Security and insecurity

7.1Securing the polity of civil society – An initial determination of government (Schmitt, Locke, Kant) – The rule of law

Government, and democratic government in particular, is about securing and enhancing the quotidian, customary way of life of a given community or society as a whole, on the one hand, by protecting it from detrimental effects, and on the other, by enhancing it through forward-looking policies that meet the ever-changing challenges gathering and shaping up from the horizon of the future. The practical issues of everyday life in which government policy and government decisions are involved are limitless, ...

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