The rule of law requires that government powers be defined by clear laws and that there should be safeguards for individual freedom. Accountability requires that citizens should be fully informed as to what government is doing. As against this, the Hobbesian minimum duty of the state is to safeguard human life by keeping order (Section 2.3.1). Hobbes believed that the people must entrust open-ended and absolute powers to government. He thought that the risk of government abusing its power was a price worth paying for security. Today, international terrorism is the outstanding risk calling for special powers.
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