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Terror by Consent

The Modern State and the Breach of the Social Contract

Lori J. Underwood

Terror by Consent is an analysis of social contract theory as it is applied to problems in the modern world, including poverty, terrorism, ideological warfare, and political cynicism. The initial chapters of this book summarize and critique major social contract theories, including those of Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Kant and Rawls. Subsequent chapters address modern political issues such as governmental legitimacy, allocation of scarce resources, ideological crises, and the rise of terrorism.