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Gordon Graham

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11 Nov 2002 Societas (Book 3)
The history of the last two hundred years is a story of the immense and relentless growth of the State at the expense of other social institutions. We are now so familiar and accepting of the State's pre-eminence in all things, that few think to question it, and most suppose that democratic endorsement legitimizes it. The aim of this essay is to present a sustained and compelling argument against both presumptions. It contends that the gross imbalance of power in the modern State between ruler and ruled is sorely in need of justification, and that democracy simply masks this need with an illusion of popular sovereignty. Although this is an essay in cultural criticism whose argument should be fully accessible to the general reader, it is written from within the European tradition of political philosophy from Plato to Rawls.

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"An excellent candidate for inclusion on an undergraduate syllabus." -- James R. Otterson, The Independent Review

"Challenges practically the whole of reigning orthodoxy in political philosophy in this remarkable book." -- David Gordon, The Mises Review

"Graham provides us with some brilliant insights... you will find much to ponder here." -- M.A.K. Smith, Right Now!

"In just 93 pages, Graham provides a devastating critique. . . This book ought to be read by every student of politics." -- Peter Rossi, Culture Wars

"Political philosophy in the best analytic tradition: it is scholarly; it is clear; it is relevant; it is tightly argued." -- Edward Ingram, Philosophy Now

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