BOOK REVIEW: Michael Huemer
“The Problem of Political Authority: An Examination of the Right to Coerce and the Duty to Obey”
By Adam Mazik
What is political authority? Why is the state allowed to do certain things that no person or organisation can? Is there a logical explanation for this? And if not: what then? Huemer’s book is intellectually engaging, logical, compelling, and well-written. It is an excellent option for anyone starting their adventure into political philosophy. While the conclusions are radical and one surely doesn’t have to agree with everything Huemer says, it is a good antidote for the political biases that have been surrounding us all our lives. Whether the reader is a libertarian, a socialist, a conservative, or some form of moderate, Huemer’s argumentation will many times cause cognitive dissonance and force them to reflect on their political and moral beliefs.