The reverse view, which derives the authority of government from the governed, made its appearance within the Middle Ages partly under the affect of classical custom. But its major interest and significance is that it served as a starting-level for the thought of a later time. On the whole topic the reader might consult Gierke, Political Theories of the Middle Age, translated by Maitland (Cambridge University Press). We enter on the modern period, accordingly, with society constituted on a completely authoritarian basis, the kingly power supreme and tending in the direction of arbitrary despotism, and under the king the social hierarchy extending from the good territorial lord to the day-labourer.
It’s mentioning the obvious, failing to supply any solutions and side stepping the sins of the Left. She’s fairly direct and particular in criticizing the Right, but the Right isn’t liable for the failing of classical liberalism over the last … Read More