Download e-book for iPad: Alien Politics: Marxist State Theory Retrieved by Paul Thomas

By Paul Thomas

ISBN-10: 0415908698

ISBN-13: 9780415908696

Alien Politics retrieves from the writings of Marx an unique idea of the kingdom which is still doable and proper this present day. Paul Thomas lines the method during which Marx's thought of the nation because the tool of the capitalist ruling classification turned remodeled into communist dogma lower than the auspices of Lenin and different "official" Marxist stalwarts. He argues that Marx's writings nonetheless have whatever to coach us and shouldn't be pulled down with the monoliths and mausoleums of communism.

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Even those w ho rejected absolutist ideas were im bued w ith the assumption that only fathers should have full political pow er and rights. Puritans who asserted that the ‘people’ should choose their ow n ministers o f religion almost invariably meant heads o f households by ‘people’. The leading Elizabethan Presbyterian Thomas C artw right rebutted the charge that he wanted wom en or children to have any say in the election o f ministers, for ‘all men under­ stand that where the election is most freest and m ost general, yet only they have to doe, which are heads o f families’.

Soon afterwards he became a Catholic, but he later supported James I in his controversies with Jesuits on political theory. Barret claimed that by nature individuals had originally possessed some trans­ ferable rights over themselves (though not over others) and that in order to set up a king it was necessary that these rights be transferred to him. Yet Barret held that the king’s powers were greater than the sum total o f the powers he had received from individuals, for the king could execute his subjects, while they had not had the right to execute themselves or each other.

All forms o f civil obligation, and not merely the duty to honour parents, were com m only held to be deducible from the Fifth C om m andm ent. Again, the theologian George Carleton maintained that tithes were due to the clergy by the law o f nature although there is no specific m ention o f them in the Ten C om m andm ents. In the Parliament o f 1621, Sir Edwin Sandys asserted that ‘the Lawe o f nature teacheth to repell force with force, and no civill Lawe can dissolve the Lawe o f nature’. The principle that self-defence is permissible or 114).

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