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The Harmony of Interests

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No political society, national or international, can exist unless people submit to certain rules of conduct. The problem why people should submit to such rules is the fundamental problem of political philosophy. The problem presents itself just as insistently in a democracy as under other forms of government and in international as in national politics; for such a formula as 'the greatest good of the greatest number' provides no answer to the question why the minority, whose greatest good is ex hypothesi not pursued, should submit to rules made in the interest of the greatest number. Broadly speaking, the answers given to the question fall into two categories, corresponding to the antithesis, discussed in a previous chapter, between those who regard politics as a function of ethics and those who regard ethics as a function of politics.

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Carr, E.H. (2016). The Harmony of Interests. In: Cox, M. (eds) The Twenty Years' Crisis, 1919-1939. Palgrave Macmillan, London. https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-349-95076-8_4

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