The fundamental question of politics

The argument of The Open Society and Its Enemies is that wherever there is power there is the possiblitiy of abuse. This renders the fundamental question of politics not ‘who should rule?’ but, ‘how can we design government so that bad rulers can be removed without violence?’ [30]

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  1. PeterM says:

    Totally neglecting the kind of obvious alternative question, ‘how should the rulers rule?’—which is not only necessary to determine bad rulers but also indispensable in trying to choose the likeliest candidates from those who would rule.

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