I congratulate K for starting this blog. I had been thinking for some time of launching one on the triangular relationship between individuals, states and humanity, but that is a big subject likely to take up a lot of time which is in short supply for me as it is for most of us.
This blog offers an opportunity to present such questions as: -
- what is a state - does it differ from other organizations such as a company or a club, and if so why and how;
- what is sovereignty - is it just propaganda and power;
- whether there is a relationship between sovereignty and democracy; and
- is a democratic state legally or morally superior to an undemocratic one.
I shall be discussing these and similar questions, not as hypothetical issues, but as practical ones concerning the exercise of the very limited powers that individuals in a modern, advanced society enjoy, such as the power to spend (or not to spend) and the power to vote.