The Optimistic Curmudgeon

Nick Higgins -What is a Law, and do We Have to Obey it?

January 31, 2022

Dr. Nick Higgins of North Greenville University explores command, consent, and natural theories of law to situate a consideration of the moral obligation citizens have to obey laws, regulations, policies, and executive orders. Along the way, Dr. Higgins provides a clear explanation of the growth of Administrative State, including a fascinating story of presidential assignation (not JFK), and the distinctions connoted by different legal vocabulary. (This episode was recorded in September of 2021, so references to current Covid-19 responses should be heard with that idea in mind). What exactly do citizens owe their authorities? Listen to find out! 

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