A Disquisition on Government and Selections from the Discourse

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Hackett Publishing, Jan 1, 1995 - Philosophy - 104 pages
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Now, as in his own time, Calhoun's voice resonates to fundamental concerns of American democratic polity: the nature of man, the obligations of government, and -- most keenly -- how best to safeguard the interest of a minority against the will of democratic majorities. His doctrine of concurrent majority and a minority veto -- although employed to defend the South's commitment to slavery in pre-bellum 19th Century America -- strikes an enduring question of how a diverse, and sometimes divided, society can maintain its integrity while honouring the interests of all its citizens.
  

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The consummation of all political theory, Calhoun's argument for the "concurrent majority"--formed when all the diverse and competing interests in a nation must agree to any policy moves--has lasting ... Read full review

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John C. Calhoun (1782-1850) was a leading politician and political theorist during the first half of the nineteenth century.

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