By Jean-Jacques Rousseau
"Man was once born loose, and he's far and wide in chains"
These are the recognized starting phrases of a treatise that has now not ceased to stir lively debate when you consider that its first book in 1762. Rejecting the view that anybody has a common correct to wield authority over others, Rousseau argues as a substitute for a pact, or 'social contract', that are supposed to exist among all of the voters of a kingdom and that are supposed to be the resource of sovereign strength. From this basic premise, he is going directly to think about problems with liberty and legislation, freedom and justice, arriving at a view of society that has appeared to a few a blueprint for totalitarianism, to others a assertion of democratic principles.
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