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24. Political Theory / B. Nature of a State / 4. Citizenship

[qualifications, duties and rights of a citizen]

20 ideas
Diogenes said he was a citizen of the world [Diogenes of Sin., by Diog. Laertius]
A citizen is someone who is allowed to hold official posts in a city [Aristotle]
The virtues of a good citizen are relative to a particular constitution [Aristotle]
A person can be an excellent citizen without being an excellent man [Aristotle]
The middle classes are neither ambitious nor anarchic, which is good [Aristotle]
A citizen is committed to ignore private advantage, and seek communal good [Epictetus]
Children are not born into citizenship of a state [Locke]
Anyone who enjoys the benefits of a state has given tacit consent to be part of it [Locke]
You can only become an actual member of a commonwealth by an express promise [Locke]
We all owe labour in return for our keep, and every idle citizen is a thief [Rousseau]
Citizens should be independent of each other, and very dependent on the state [Rousseau]
A citizen is a subject who is also sovereign [Rousseau]
A citizen must control his own life, and possess property or an important skill [Kant]
Individuals must dedicate themselves to the ethical whole, and give their lives when asked [Hegel]
Social groups must focus on the state, which must in turn respect their inclusion and their will [Hegel]
People can achieve respect for their state by insight into its essence [Hegel]
Nietzsche thinks we should join a society, in order to criticise, heal and renew it [Nietzsche, by Richardson]
Citizenship involves a group of mutually supporting rights, which create community and equality [Miller,D]
A person's voice may count because of their interests, or because of their good sense [Sen]
Cosmopolitans reject the right of different states to distribute resources in different ways [Swift]