Preface

AuthorGregory Tardi
Pages13-16
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Preface
I have developed the study of political law and I write and teach
about it because I have lived my life at the intersection of two lines
of conf‌lict that have engendered several interests in me.
First, at a young age, in my country of birth, I experienced for-
eign and domestic oppression, revolution, and emigration. As a
result, in adulthood, I came to realize that the only path to justice
is through Democracy incorporating the rule of law and a regime
of genuine, enforceable, and living and evolving rights. (I explain
later the use of capitalization in the word Democracy.)
Second, and in parallel, an early interest in history, then in pol-
itics, and f‌inally in law, enabled me to focus my curiosity on the role
of the state, and especially on that of its leadership in providing,
maintaining, and fostering citizenship and justice through legality.
ese two strands of my life and of my life interests are indeed
inseparable. Justice for the people, for the citizenry, and for the elec-
torate requires statecraft that is f‌irmly grounded in Democracy. e
view raises two questions: What is Democracy? How does legality
help to ensure Democracy?
I consider the core of Democracy to be the rule of law. is
implies rule-base d government and governing, and the development
and the maintenance of a people’s civic and political rights, in the

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