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Autonomy: The Contracting Individual
Autonomy: The contracting individual

At the same time as real forces essential to socialism grow, also the technical means of realizing socialism will advance. The nation will occupy more and more economic functions, which is the prelude pregnant of socialism. The great urban industrial communities will increasingly enter the centre of the problem of property and the domain of collective administration of hygiene, housing, lighting, education, nutrition and democracy.1

(JeanJaurès, 1934)
The Contracting Society and Politics of Partnership

The contemporary mode of governance appears to be pervaded with contracts. The market – the contract of purchase – has taken over functions that since Smith's time have been taken for granted as the responsibility of the state: protection against external enemies, the maintenance of legal order ...

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