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Libertarianism without Inequality$
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Michael Otsuka

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199243952

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199243956.001.0001

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Political Society as a Voluntary Association

Political Society as a Voluntary Association

(p.89) Chapter 5 Political Society as a Voluntary Association
Libertarianism without Inequality

Michael Otsuka (Contributor Webpage)

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Offers a reconstruction of John Locke's voluntaristic theory of legitimate political authority with the aim of overcoming the following two problems with tacit consent via residence: that it fails to bind either because it is unfreely given or because it is offered in circumstances of inequality. Builds on the author's defence in Ch. 1 of an egalitarian version of the Lockean proviso to remedy these problems and endorses a highly voluntaristic, pluralistic, and decentralized account of legitimate political authority.

Keywords:   equality, freedom, legitimate political authority, Lockean proviso, pluralism, political society, tacit consent, voluntarism, voluntary association

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