Sunday, 3 December 2000

From "The Social Contract"

By Jean-Jacques Rouseau.

To transfer is to give or to sell. Now a man who becomes the slave of another does not give himself: he sells himself, in exchange, at the very least, for his subsistence [...] A king, far from providing subsistence to his subjects, takes it all from them, and as Rabelais says, a king doesn't live cheaply. So will his subjects give him their persons on condition that he will take their property alse? I cannot see what they still have to keep.

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