Wednesday, September 30, 2009


Denotes, in its political meaning, a mode of government in which all governmental power is vested in one individual or group. At least theoretically, neither law nor morality nor any group can limit an absolute government. Some theorists have argued that the ruler knows best what is good for the state, perhaps because he has been ordained ruler by God, and so should rule without hindrance by the less informed. Other theorists has espoused theoris of political absolutism on the grounds that man is too selfish to govern himdelf or to live peaceably with others. In spite of the theorists, no government has been completely unaffected by popular opinion or public reactions, by other states, by moral convention, or by groups within the state.

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