New Social Contract

New Social Contract

by Gary Gerrard


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New Social Contract by Gary Gerrard

Trial lawyer Gerrard proposes an actual social contract to be physically signed by members of society and their government as individuals come of consenting age. The basis of the contract is the agreement that the individual and the government will only use "constructive" power in relation to each other, except in cases of self-defense against others "destructive" power or, in the government's case, to protect individuals from "destructive" power. He supports his case for the contract with a mish-mash of libertarian capitalist theory and a modified version of Rousseau's social contract theory. He argues that any society ruled by this contract would eventually develop into a utopia where everybody lives on an equal basis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761821700
Publisher: UPA
Publication date: 12/18/2001
Pages: 298
Product dimensions: 5.24(w) x 8.54(h) x 0.85(d)

About the Author

Gary Gerrard is Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Georgia Law School. He has been a practicing Civil Trial and Appellate Lawyer in the state and federal courts of Georgia and Florida for over 20 years, and was an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Miami, and a candidate for public office.

Table of Contents

Part IThe Physical and Evolutionary Origins of Life, Society, Morality and Individualism
Chapter IThe Complexity of Life3
Chapter IIBiological Society23
Chapter IIIThe Emergence of Morality29
Chapter IVThe Morality of Equality53
Chapter VReflections on Human Nature85
Part IITranslating the Morality of Equality into the Political Theory and Political Practice of an Individualistic Society
Chapter VIThe Origin and Purpose of Rights95
Chapter VIIThe Social Contract in Theory113
Chapter VIIIThe American Experiment125
Chapter IXCreating an Individualistic Society153
Chapter XInterpreting the New Social Contract173
Chapter XILife in an Individualistic Society227
Chapter XIIRevolution or Evolution239

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