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Single Idea 21035

[catalogued under 25. Society / B. The State / 2. State Legitimacy / d. Social contract]

Full Idea

It is hard to see how just passing through town is morally akin to ratifying the Constitution.

Gist of Idea

Just visiting (and using roads) is hardly ratifying the Constitution

Source

Michael J. Sandel (Justice: What's the right thing to do? [2009], 06)

A Reaction

They say that philosophical ideas are never refuted, and no progress is made, but this sure put paid to John Locke.

Book Reference

Sandel,Michael: 'Justice: what's the right thing to do?' [Penguin 2010], p.140

Related Idea

Idea 6702 If anyone enjoys the benefits of government (even using a road) they give tacit assent to its laws [Locke]