Sunday, 3 December 2000

From "The Social Contract"

By Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

If I were to consider force alone, and the effects that it produces, I should say: for so long as a nation is constrained to obey, and does so, it does well; as soon as it is able to throw off its servitude, and does so, it does better; for since it regains freedom by the same right than was exercised when its freedom was seized, either the nation was justified in taking freedom back, or else those who took it away were unjustified in doing so. Whereas the social order is a sacred right, and provides a foundation for all outher rights. Yet it is a right that does not come from nature; theerefore it is based on agreed conventions.

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