The Consent of the Governed


This lesson builds upon equality, the main idea in the previous lesson. It draws out the political implication from the principle that all men are created equal: no one among us can rule the rest unless we give that person permission to rule. Like the principle of equality, consent of the governed is of fundamental importance for understanding the government of the United States.


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Larry P. Arnn is the twelfth president of Hillsdale College, where he is also professor of politics and history. He received his B.A. from Arkansas State University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Government from the Claremont Graduate School.