Absolutist


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Absolutist

A person who believes all power should belong to the state. According to absolutism, every corporation, religious organization, or other institution must give way to the state. Absolutism comes from the period in European history before and during the early development of capitalism during which monarchs attempted to centralize. See also: Fascism.
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There was a fairer system in the Second World War with more impartial local tribunals and more effort to find them alternative work, though some absolutists rejected the move.
China's seizure of portions of the West Philippine Sea is also a manifestation of absolutist thinking, or more specifically, of the xenocentric Chinese dream to take over the world.
McKenna's opposition to what she calls absolutist ethics leads to a certain vagueness in her own ethical stances.
For example, absolutist rhetoric signals that a given case's losers are not just wrong, but fundamentally misguided about the country's core principles.
Though it is the first mobile game for which Absolutist appears as a publisher, it looks a pretty good start and a reason to await for more high-quality casual games from the company in the near future.
The author achieves his stated goals of balancing the relativist and absolutist perspectives and of demonstrating the ever-changing nature of the discipline.
As royal chaplains, confessors, advisers, and, above all, educators, the Jesuits became the primary supporters and disseminators of this absolutist monarchy, a conception that fit their own hierarchical style of governance even while it contradicted their transnational character.
A contemporary UN, however, that included not only a united Europe but powerful states like China, Japan and Russia, not to mention rising economic powers like India and South Korea, could provide sizable influence against absolutist state sovereignty, especially if these nations were to recognize that their own best interests resided in a flexible balance between sovereignty and just international allegiance and world harmony.
James Carroll, another former priest who is a regular Boston Globe columnist, told ABC News that John Paul had "faithfully tried to preserve his medieval, absolutist notion of pope-centered Catholicism with everything going out from the Vatican.
Absolutist extremist ideology sees no middle ground between Islam and jahiliya (the time of ignorance before the coming of Islam) and contemporary states in the Muslim world are secular and belong to the realm of jahiliya.
Soil draws on the thesis of Marcel Gauchet that "the rationalizing tendency in absolutist government during the religious wars in France was the key element in the shift towards secularism," and that this rationalizing tendency was evident in the turn towards prudence and reason of state.
The "decision venue," be it a commission of experts, a team of bureaucrats, or the Congress, influences the extent to which an issue can be transformed into an absolutist issue, thus complicating its adoption.