The Almighty, Impotent State; or, the Crisis of Authority
By Sigmund Knag
This article appeared in the Winter 1997 issue of The Independent Review

Warnings of a crisis in government authority have grown frequent and now come from many quarters. The most fundamental causes of a weakening of authority are the loss of conviction by those in positions of authority and the appearance of doubt in the public mind as to whether those in authority have the right to their social positions—in other words, the loss of legitimacy.

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