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Democracy, sovereignty, and the common interest

8 June 2024

10:12 PM

8 June 2024

10:12 PM

The 19th Century Dutch Prime Minister and theologian, Abraham Kuyper, developed the theory known as the ‘sovereignty of the spheres’. Unfortunately, his philosophy has largely been overlooked by 21st Century thinkers on the grounds that Kuyper was a racist and supported the South African apartheid. Although these accusations are justified and proven, we should not, nevertheless, jettison fully this man’s contribution to the important question that continues to vex us today: What limitations should our governments accept vis-à-vis the role they play in our lives?

The question is eminently important and our answer to it shall reflect what we understand by...

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