29 March 2011

Powerless & power-wielding

A right is the embodiment of a particle of autonomy, and a duty is the motive for exercising the authority which derives from that right. 
The market describes the arena in which tastes and preferences for goods as the embodiments of self-interest motivates voluntary (which is to say powerless) behavior; the polis describes the arena in which duties regarding rights as the embodiments of autonomy motivates authoritative (which is to say power-wielding) conduct. 

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