On Liberty: Man v. the State

A bas l Etat The slogan scrawled on the wall at the Sorbonne in May of 1968 has appeared in appropriate language everywhere in the Western world, and it can be found, if less conspicuously, in the East as well The object of the revolt is only incidentally the government at hand there is a worldwide rebellion against The State itself, whether it be manifest as capital A bas l Etat The slogan scrawled on the wall at the Sorbonne in May of 1968 has appeared in appropriate language everywhere in the Western world, and it can be found, if less conspicuously, in the East as well The object of the revolt is only incidentally the government at hand there is a worldwide rebellion against The State itself, whether it be manifest as capitalist democracy or communist autocracy.Milton Mayer here examines the roots of man s ancient conflict with The State and concludes law was the rampart of liberty no man above it, beneath it, outside it But in the middle of the Twentieth Century the revolution is against the rule of law, now identified as the enemy of liberty In an Epilogue the classic concepts of authority and freedom are examined in contemporary context, and frequently challenged, by student radicals.
On Liberty Man v the State A bas l Etat The slogan scrawled on the wall at the Sorbonne in May of has appeared in appropriate language everywhere in the Western world and it can be found if less conspicuously in the Eas

  • Title: On Liberty: Man v. the State
  • Author: Milton Sanford Mayer
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 374
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “On Liberty: Man v. the State”

    1. Mayer looks at the historical conflict between government and liberty, and at the various philosophical, legal, and revolutionary methods people have devised to resolve it. He concludes that all of these have been incoherent and self-contradictory. The liberal ideal of a state that operates only within strict restraints, with the consent of the governed, and with a goal of maximizing and defending individual liberty is a pipe dream — and its most famous proponents end up unwittingly reducing o [...]

    2. Makes a lot of good points, though there is little offered as far as possible solutions go.The books ends with an open discussion between Mayer, some of his colleagues, and students in which various solutions are discussed and though none of them survive the theoretical gauntlet, it certainly is an interesting read.

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