Locke and the Challenges of Crisis Government

Locke and the Challenges of Crisis Government Ross J. Corbett There is a widely experienced tension between liberal that it embodies Locke's solution to the theologico-political 1 A doctrine of democracy and the ability to confront crises. problem.5 Our system of government is not, however, the rights asserts that governments may not treat people in whatever Lockean commonwealth. I will leave for another place the way they find most expedient; that governments can and should translation of Locke's insights regarding the rule of law into agree to respect rights, then, implies that less expedient courses the language appropriate for American government. In this of action do not require an abandonment of the fundamental paper I wish to argue for the inapplicability of Lockean argupurposes of government. Wherever the ordinary modes of ments to the debates characteristically arising from our congovernment are perceived to be at odds with these purposes, stitutional system. there the rhetoric of crisis government becomes evocative and so there the problem of crisis government arises. People Locke and Prerogative may disagree what these fundamental purposes are, of course, but this is to recognize that whether a situation constitutes a One of Locke's more quoted sentences from the Second genuine crisis or not http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Good Society Penn State University Press

Locke and the Challenges of Crisis Government

The Good Society, Volume 18 (2) – Dec 31, 2009

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Ross J. Corbett There is a widely experienced tension between liberal that it embodies Locke's solution to the theologico-political 1 A doctrine of democracy and the ability to confront crises. problem.5 Our system of government is not, however, the rights asserts that governments may not treat people in whatever Lockean commonwealth. I will leave for another place the way they find most expedient; that governments can and should translation of Locke's insights regarding the rule of law into agree to respect rights, then, implies that less expedient courses the language appropriate for American government. In this of action do not require an abandonment of the fundamental paper I wish to argue for the inapplicability of Lockean argupurposes of government. Wherever the ordinary modes of ments to the debates characteristically arising from our congovernment are perceived to be at odds with these purposes, stitutional system. there the rhetoric of crisis government becomes evocative and so there the problem of crisis government arises. People Locke and Prerogative may disagree what these fundamental purposes are, of course, but this is to recognize that whether a situation constitutes a One of Locke's more quoted sentences from the Second genuine crisis or not

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