The Social Contract by Jean Jacques Rousseau - Full Audiobook
Jean Jacques Rousseau
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According to Rousseau, the sovereign is and can be only the citizenry as a whole, united by their expression of what he calls the General Will. This sovereign power cannot be alienated or divided or checked; if it were, the sovereign would cease to exist. Indeed, it can seem that through the creation of the sovereign, even the individual ceases to exist. If such is the case, Rousseau is a preacher of totalitarianism, and is in reality as dangerous to liberty as he seems to be vocal in its pursuit. Such is the interpretation of thinkers such as Bertrand Russell and Isaiah Berlin who have condemned Rousseau as a totalitarian and an enemy of liberty.
Susan Dunn: Introduction: Rousseau's Political Triptych. 1 .. social contract, all other legislative decisions are made by a simple major- ity. , in The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Rousseau: A Collection of Critical Essays, ed .
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