- “Man was born free, and he is everywhere in chains.“
- His most famous works are Discourse on the Origin and Foundations of Inequality Among Men (AKA The Second Discourse) & The Social Contract.
- Believed that humans are born inherently good. He coined the term “Nobel Savage”.
- However, once the idea of private property was introduced mankind experienced a “fall from grace”.
- Individuals with many possessions saw that it would be in their best interest to create a government to protect their possessions.
- How can we be free and live together? Or, put another way, how can we live together without succumbing to the force and coercion of others?
- We can do so, Rousseau maintains, by submitting our individual wills to the collective or general will, created through agreement with other free and equal persons.
- All men are made by nature to be equals, therefore no one has a natural right to govern others, and therefore the only justified authority is the authority that is generated out of agreements or covenants.
- Rousseau advocates the strictest form of Direct Democracy.
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