What makes a government bad?

Posted on Posted in Ethics, Political Philosophy, Politics

If Rousseau is right, it is when the government doesn’t promote real and substantial equality:

Under bad governments the equality is only apparent and illusory; it serves only to maintain the poor in misery and the rich in usurpation. In fact the laws are always useful to those who possess something and harmful to those who have nothing: Whence it follows that the social state is advantageous for men only insofar as all have something and none has too much of anything.

What I find amazing is that people, like Robert Nozick, don’t get this basic idea.

 

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