2018 Hot Products The State of Freedom and Justice: Government as If People Matter Most (Paperback) by Horsman Michael jRPmuXtG

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We all want freedom we all want justice yet few have given much thought to how such a state could be organised. The author an original thinker has taken a multi-disciplinary approach in seeking an answer reading widely over 35 years in the realms of Politics and Economics Sociology and Philosophy History and Law. This approach has led to some surprising insights rising above the current obsession of political analysis into left and right. Comparing the consensus theory of the origin of the state popularised by Rousseau with the less well-known conflict theory as expounded by Franz Oppenheimer the author argues that most states have arisen from the conquest of one class over another or one tribe over another. Thus the modern state is characterised by a ruling class exercising the coercive power of the state denying freedom and justice to the rest in varying degrees. Thus the state can be our greatest enemy - the 20th century provides plenty of evidence for that. It is not only totalitarian states which limit freedom: in demanding more and more of the welfare state we are in fact forging the chains which bind us.At the same time living together in society we need some body some form of government to defend our territory to maintain law and to raise the necessary revenue. These functions the author argues set the limit to the state's role; but he goes beyond the normal arguments for a minimal state revealing how a shift from the current predatory taxation of labour and capital onto land would turn the revenue system into an intrinsic tool of justice. Another feature of his proposal is the creation of a free judicial system on the grounds that the citizen has surrendered his right to defend himself to the state so it is the state's duty to defend him without charge. By weaving into the constitution of a minimal state both a just way of funding government and a free judicial service the author provides a blueprint for a state of freedom and justice.