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The Covenant of Noah marks our first written reference to the Natural Law.
The most fundamental question in politics is this: What is the proper source of law? Does it originate simply in the will of the powerful, imposing their wishes on the weaker?
The “powerful” might be a tribal chief. Or a king backed by armed warriors. Or a technocratic state that claims the support of the majority of citizens (themselves swayed and led by media that the powerful control). Clearly one must have power exercised in some form if law is to prevail at all, instead of mere disorder.
But is the source of law, government policies, taxation and redistribution grounded in nothing more than that? That would leave as the conclusion of political philosophy essentially the stark assertion: “We do these things because we can. Just try and stop us.” …