12Government and the state

Deutschlandreise Die freiheitliche demokratische Grund-Ordnung entlang, Man fährt von Freiheit ab — und kommt in Ordnung an.

12.1Recapitulation via Locke: The liberal conception of government, its critique and socio-ontological grounding in the power interplay of civil society

The ground covering the question of legitimate government has been turned many times since Plato and Aristotle. John Locke, for instance, one of the prime historical sources of liberal thinking, i.e. a liberal cast of world, makes one of the most famous contributions in his Two Treatises of Government, in which he argues for the natural rights of man and government only by “Agreement which every one has with the rest to incorporate, and act as ...

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