Translatio versus Concessio

  title={Translatio versus Concessio},
  author={D. Ellerman},
  journal={Politics \& Society},
  pages={449 - 480}
Liberalism is based on the juxtaposition of consent to coercion. Autocracy and slavery were based on coercion whereas today’s political democracy and economic “employment system” are based on consent to voluntary contracts. This article retrieves an almost forgotten dark side of contractarian thought that based autocracy and slavery on explicit or implicit voluntary contracts. The democratic and antislavery movements forged arguments not simply in favor of consent but arguments that voluntary… Expand

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