By William A. Edmundson

How is a valid nation attainable? Obedience, coercion, and intrusion are 3 principles that appear inseparable from all govt and appear to render nation authority presumptively illegitimate. This booklet exposes 3 fallacies encouraged by way of those rules and in doing so demanding situations assumptions shared by way of liberals, libertarians, cultural conservatives, moderates, and Marxists. In 3 transparent and tightly-argued essays William Edmundson dispels those fallacies and exhibits that dwelling in a simply kingdom continues to be a valuable excellent. this can be an enormous ebook for all philosophers, political scientists, and felony theorists in addition to readers drawn to the perspectives of Rawls, Dworkin, and Nozick, lots of whose principal rules are subjected to rigorous critique.

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