No political society can exist unless people submit…

“No political society, national or international, can exist unless people submit to certain rules of conduct. The problem why people should submit to such rules is the fundamental problem of political philosophy. The problem presents itself just as insistently in a democracy as under other forms of government and in international as in national politics; for such a formula as “the greatest good of the greatest number” provides no answer to the question why the minority, whose greatest good is ex hypothesi not pursued, should submit to rules made in the interest of the greatest number.”

-E.H. Carr, The Twenty Years Crisis, Chapter 4

I’m finding Carr’s material saturated with social and political opinions, his writings are heavily influenced by socialism and Marxist ideals.

-Brittany H.


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