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Submitted by Kepha (United States), Nov 11, 2021 at 16:24

We often forget that Germany had its own native traditions of liberalism and federalism. Re the latter, Johannes Althusius' 1603 work De Politica was a pioneering exposition of the federal ideal. It belonged as well to a genre of early modern political writing--especially Roman Catholic and Calvinist--that challenged royal absolutism and championed the political supremacy of law. Althusius stands among those cited by the Parliament men and Covenanters in Britain's 17th century upheaval; and hence has gone into the bloodstream of North Atlantic traditions of political compact, consent of the governed, and rule of law.

By contrast, the Islamic world offfers nothing similar.

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I don't know that Japan did either.

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