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Natural state: The natural state in philosophy is a hypothetical condition in which humans live without government or social order. It is often used as a starting point for thinking about the origins of society and the role of government. See also State, Government, Society, Community.
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James M. Buchanan on Natural State - Dictionary of Arguments

Brocker I 570
Natural State/Buchanan: For Buchanan, the natural state is essentially a competition between the unequal, between people with unequal abilities, skills and interests. Accordingly, people do not enter into contract negotiations as equals. Only one thing is the same here: All contractual partners want to improve themselves through the contract negotiations. The inequality contained in the natural distribution can be so great that the contract that seals it can even take on the character of a slave contract.(1)

1. James M. Buchanan, The Limits of Liberty. Between Anarchy and Leviathan, Chicago/London 1975. Dt.: James M. Buchanan, Die Grenzen der Freiheit. Zwischen Anarchie und Leviathan, Tübingen 1984, p. 85f.

Wolfgang Kersting, „James M. Buchanan, Die Grenzen der Freiheit“ in: Manfred Brocker (Hg.) Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt/M. 2018


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The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

EconBuchan I
James M. Buchanan
Politics as Public Choice Carmel, IN 2000

Brocker I
Manfred Brocker
Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert Frankfurt/M. 2018


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