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Law is more than the command of the sovereign or the will of the majority. It has its foundation in the unchanging truth about ourselves and our world, which is safeguarded by the natural moral law written by God upon every human heart. The natural moral law alone gives positive law the profound and stable foundation which it requires and which can truly bind individuals and communities. Only when positive law is founded upon natural moral law is it truly ªrealistic,º as opposed to the false ªlegal realismº of Holmes.

Schwindende Wahlbeteiligung, Mitgliederschwund bei den Parteien und mangelndes ehrenamtliches Engagement. Allerdings hat dieser Trend inzwischen fast alle gesellschaftlichen Institutionen erfasst, in denen dann auch das Bewusstsein vorherrscht, von einer allgemeinen Krise erfasst zu sein. An diesem Krisenbewusstsein leiden etwa auch die Kirchen und die Gewerkschaften. Die Ursachen für das schwindende öffentliche Engagement in den westlichen Industriegesellschaften lassen sich in dem ausfindig machen, was Soziologen als ¹Wertewandelª und ¹Individualisierungª beschreiben, wozu es aber auch schon wieder Gegenbewegungen gibt.

Schwindende Wahlbeteiligung, Mitgliederschwund bei den Parteien und mangelndes ehrenamtliches Engagement. Allerdings hat dieser Trend inzwischen fast alle gesellschaftlichen Institutionen erfasst, in denen dann auch das Bewusstsein vorherrscht, von einer allgemeinen Krise erfasst zu sein. An diesem Krisenbewusstsein leiden etwa auch die Kirchen und die Gewerkschaften. Die Ursachen für das schwindende öffentliche Engagement in den westlichen Industriegesellschaften lassen sich in dem ausfindig machen, was Soziologen als ¹Wertewandelª und ¹Individualisierungª beschreiben, wozu es aber auch schon wieder Gegenbewegungen gibt.

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