Emergency Powers: Hobbes vs. Locke and COVID-19

Politics Then and Now

Dec 1 2020 • 23 mins

What constitutes an emergency? When can the government act outside of the law? Who decides when this is the case? In this episode, we cover emergency powers and how they stem from social contract theory. We compare the social contracts of Hobbes and Locke. And we apply their theories to emergencies today like COVID-19.

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