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Single Idea 22827

[catalogued under 25. Social Practice / D. Justice / 2. The Law / b. Rule of law]

Full Idea

Communist leaders justify themselves as the embodiment of the people's will as workers, and fascist leaders as expressing the will of the nation. Both believe their policies contain a superior justice on this basis.

Gist of Idea

Justice superior to the rule of law is claimed on behalf of the workers, or the will of the nation


John Charvet (Liberalism: the basics [2019], 02)

Book Reference

Charvet,John: 'Liberalism: the basics' [Routledge 2019], p.11

A Reaction

[compressed] A neat summary of why the rule of law might be rejected (other than by simple tyrrany justified only by force). In modern democracies recent right-wing governments have pushed back the law and attacked justice on this basis.