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Volume 20  Number 1  •  Summer 2015
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Cigarettes, Same-Sex Marriage, and Vladimir Putin
Reflections on Carl Schmitt
By William P. Baumgarth
This article appeared in the Summer 2015 issue of The Independent Review

The West’s cultural shift in attitudes about cigarettes, same-sex marriage, and several other controversial topics is a godsend to the state and its political class. Conservative legal theorist Carl Schmitt (1888–1985) left important clues as to why governments and their supporters are the prime beneficiaries of this sea change.

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