By Roger Scruton
This new version takes inventory of the progressive adjustments that experience taken position because the dictionary used to be first released in 1982. 1790 entries hide each point of political suggestion delivering an necessary advisor to the idea, the knowledge and the folly of contemporary politics by way of some of the most lucid philosophers of our time.
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G. councils, regional assemblies), a state confers or recognizes regional autonomy. All such grant or recognition is on sufferance, since a law-making power that cannot be overridden by the central government tends to produce a separate state (perhaps united by *federation) rather than a regional government. Hence compli- average propensity to consume and save cated examples of regional autonomy often present an appearance of federation. Consider the states of the US, or the striking legal status of Scotland: such quasi-states are immensely difficult to describe.
The absolute righteousness of the City of God is an idea that corresponds to the ideal of justice given in Plato's Republic (by which Augustine was considerably influenced); it is also the ancestor of Christian doctrines of •natural law. e. of those who would make war if they were not afraid of the consequences). He also gave a theory of history which attempted to reconcile God's *providence and foreknowledge with the metaphysical *freedom of human agency. Augustinianism is the general name for the tradition of Christian politics inspired by the City of God, and in particular for the attempts to extract from Augustine a coherent doctrine and policy governing relations between *church and state.
G. Milosz) sometimes describe the government that has been imposed on the states of Eastern Europe as a form of Asiatic despotism. Asiatic modes of production. Description often given of the self-sufficient communities of Central, Southern and Eastem Asia, in which village economy persists with minimum *division of labour, and in which production of food and other necessaries ossifies around traditional forms, remaining resistant to innovation. The existence of such modes of production (for example, in Java) tended to conflict with Marx's contention that *productive forces have an innate tendency to develop and to overthrow successive *production relations.
A Dictionary of Political Thought by Roger Scruton