On the necessity for a Morility-Driven State as An alternative to Liberalism

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The history of politics and political theory is, much like the history of humanity, one of change and conflict. In other words, political theory undergoes a process of evolution, much like living organisms; when one dominant system begins to prove insufficient to provide for the needs of a state or its people, one of two things occurs: the dominant system undergoes a change in its understanding and execution of its own ideology in order to adapt to the changing political climate, or an alternative emerges which changes the understanding of how a state and society ought to function, and replaces the previous dominant system. Take, for example, one of the oldest models of political theory - monarchism: best known in the form of the feudal model in medieval Europe, in which a progressive hierarchy of vassals, lords, and kings governed their land as the stewards of their superiors, progressed into the model of absolute monarchy once the necessity for and power of a centralized state began to expand. The model of absolute monarchy itself was challenged during the Enlightenment period, in which academics and philosophers began to articulate and advance ideals such as liberty, progress, toleration, fraternity, constitutional government and separation of church and state. (Outram, 2006)
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