Classical Liberal Class Analysis
[Created: 2 Feb. 2013]
January 31, 2023
|The Frontispiece to Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan (1651)
[showing the two pillars of state authority -
"throne and altar" - more]
|James Gillray, "The British Atlas, or John
Bull supporting the Peace Establishment (1816)
Here are some questions to consider about the nature of the state and who controls it. I attempt to answer these in my lecture:
- what is the State and how does it function?
- who controls it?
- why has it grown so much over the past 100 years? & where is it heading
- is there an optimal size of the State & can it be limited to just these powers?
The Ruling Class:
- who has access to State power & what do they do with this power?
- what are the key power centres & who controls them?
- who benefits from this control (cui bono?) & what are these benefits?
- who pays for this?
- if the same group/s who benefit from State power persist over time, can
we call them a “ruling class”?
- if the number of people who benefit from State power come to exceed the
number who pay for it, how (in a democracy) can we ever return to a free
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