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Old 10-06-2008, 12:46 AM
AED AED is offline
 
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Default Re: Free Will: In Defense of Not Voting

I think that Will is correct in his observation that this is paternalism, and of the first Rousseauean order. According to this view, the state does not derive its legitimacy from the expressed will of the governed, but from some idealized version of that will which can only be achieved once the governed have been properly educated to agree with the opinions of self-declared sages. Why have a democracy at all if the will of the people is not innately valuable, but only valuable insofar as it conforms to the opinion of a wise (and evidently arrogant) elite?
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