Is liberal democracy the end of history? Is a written constitution the ultimate political authority? Does majority rule equal moral rule? Are all moral values relative? What is the legitimate use of coercive force in society? The New Social Contract-Beyond Liberal Democracy offers an answer to these and other age-old questions. Even more important than theoretical answers, The New Social Contract offers a way to turn theory into practical reality, to join moral and political philosophy with the coercive force of the law of society and thereby create a society that provides the greatest possible opportunity for each and every individual to achieve his or her happiness.
Gary Gerrard is Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Georgia Law School. He has been a practicing Civil Trial and Appellate Lawyer in the state and federal courts of Georgia and Florida for over 20 years, and was an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Miami, and a candidate for public office.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 The Physical and Evolutionary Origins of Life, Society, Morality and Individualism Chapter 4 The Complexity of Life Chapter 5 Biological Society Chapter 6 The Emergence of Morality Chapter 7 The Morality of Equality Chapter 8 Reflections on Human Nature Chapter 9 Translating the Morality of Equality into the Political Theory and Political Practice of an Individualistic Society Chapter 10 The Origin and Purpose of Rights Chapter 11 The Social Contract in Theory Chapter 12 The American Experiment Chapter 13 Creating an Individualistic Society Chapter 14 Interpreting the New Social Contract Chapter 15 Life in an Individualistic Society Chapter 16 Revolution or Evolution Chapter 17 Notes Chapter 18 Index