• Section 1 Introduction

     |  The Apple of Gold/Frame of Silver

    Section 1 Introduction This first section of The U.S. Constitution: A Reader includes parts of two classic works of political philosophy by Aristotle, the first political scientist. They explain how politics arises from the nature of the human being, from the specific faculty that makes him able to reason, to talk, to choose according to moral criteria, and to live in connection with one another more profoundly than any other living beings on earth. We Americans, living in a liberal (in the old sense) regime, rightly believe that the purpose of government is to protect our private rights, our rights to our property, to our conscience, to our liberty to speak and worship as we please. We think the government must not exercise any authority over us except by our consent. This ...
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