Today I spoke once again to Michael Huemer, a professor of philosophy at the University of Colorado at Boulder and author of The Problem of Political Authority: An Examination of the Right to Coerce and the Duty to Obey. When we last spoke, Huemer went through the key arguments for the legitimacy of the state — the social contract, democracy, etc. — and showed why they fail. Today we focused on the Hobbesian argument for the state, and then focused on some of the problems with democracy, as laid out in a key chapter of Huemer’s book. Have a listen!