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Political Decay and Political Arcadianism
Swedish Defence University, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Political Science Section. (Säkerhetspolitik)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8900-9148
2018 (English)In: De Ethica, ISSN 1854-3405, E-ISSN 2001-8819, Vol. 5, no 1, p. 37-50Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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An account of evil in classical political theory is the concept of evil government. The notion of political decay from good to evil government or to anarchy, the absence of government, among classical political theorists represents both a moral and a political problem. This essay argues that political decay remains a perennial problem because the political condition itself involves the seeds to its own destruction. Moreover, it is claimed that the nostalgic longing to a glorious past for nations or peoples risks turning into what is here labelled ‘political arcadianism’, fostering futile attempts to return to past conditions. The argument is that political arcadianism when focusing on the imagined past rather than the present is a possible cause of political decay.

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2018. Vol. 5, no 1, p. 37-50
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Statsvetenskap med inriktning mot strategi och säkerhetspolitik
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-7444DOI: 10.3384/de-ethica.2001-8819.185137OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-7444DiVA, id: diva2:1206630
Available from: 2018-05-17 Created: 2018-05-17 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved

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