Democracy, War, and the Myth of the Neutral State

6742Luigi Marco Bassani and Carlo Lottieri write in today’s Mises Daily:

The constitutional thought of classical and contemporary liberalism has constantly tried to neutralize politics, but it has failed. In Schmitt’s opinion, the real sovereign is the political group that has the final decision about the critical situation, in the state of emergency. The locus of sovereignty thus becomes the political entity (which in our time is the State), and the decision on the state of emergency is the ultimate test of sovereignty.

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