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Jason Kuznicki

Jason Kuznicki is a research fellow at the Cato Institute and contributor of Cato Unbound. He's on twitter as JasonKuznicki. His interests include political theory and history.

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    I just say this Jason. Good stuff. I’m not sure what to make of the excerpt in isolation. It’s so loaded. But I had the thought that obeisance to the non-coercion principle isn’t sufficient for the justification of social/political beliefs. And that’s a bit of an eye-opener for me. I mean, I don’t really know how to understand this

    Instead of a trivial theory showing obedience to result from the threat of coercion, more interest will be shown in theories which derive the state from the subject’s own volition, if only because it is intellectually comforting to find coherent reasons for believing that we actually need what we have.

    any other way. I know he’s arguing for a volitional account of the justification of the state, but it’s based on a shift in perspective, rather than anything objective.Report

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