John Locke totally knew that blogs were coming

For those who believe that political discourse as we know it is in terminal decline, let me quote from a passage I read earlier this week from John Locke’s Two Treatieses of Government. It’s from his Preface:  If any one, concerned really for Truth, undertake the Confutation of my Hypothesis, I promise him either to ...

By , a professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
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For those who believe that political discourse as we know it is in terminal decline, let me quote from a passage I read earlier this week from John Locke's Two Treatieses of Government. It's from his Preface

If any one, concerned really for Truth, undertake the Confutation of my Hypothesis, I promise him either to recant my mistake, upon fair Conviction; or to answer his Difficulties. But he must remember two Things;

First, That Cavilling here and there, at some Expression, or little incident of my Discourse, is not an answer to my Book.

For those who believe that political discourse as we know it is in terminal decline, let me quote from a passage I read earlier this week from John Locke’s Two Treatieses of Government. It’s from his Preface

If any one, concerned really for Truth, undertake the Confutation of my Hypothesis, I promise him either to recant my mistake, upon fair Conviction; or to answer his Difficulties. But he must remember two Things;

First, That Cavilling here and there, at some Expression, or little incident of my Discourse, is not an answer to my Book.

Secondly, That I shall not take railing for Arguments, nor think either of these worth my notice: Though I shall always look on my self as bound to give satisfaction to any one who shall appear to be conscientiously scrupulous in the point, and shall shew any just Grounds for his scruples.

For this holiday weekend, I suggest that you read the whole thing. 

Daniel W. Drezner is a professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where he is the co-director of the Russia and Eurasia Program. Twitter: @dandrezner

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