The Body Politic

The Body Politic No true Democracy has ever existed nor ever will exist In this selection from The Social Contract Rousseau asserts that a state s only legitimate political authority comes from its people One of

  • Title: The Body Politic
  • Author: Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • ISBN: 9780241252017
  • Page: 141
  • Format: Paperback
  • No true Democracy has ever existed, nor ever will exist In this selection from The Social Contract, Rousseau asserts that a state s only legitimate political authority comes from its people.One of 46 new books in the bestselling Little Black Classics series, to celebrate the first ever Penguin Classic in 1946 Each book gives readers a taste of the Classics huge range a No true Democracy has ever existed, nor ever will exist In this selection from The Social Contract, Rousseau asserts that a state s only legitimate political authority comes from its people.One of 46 new books in the bestselling Little Black Classics series, to celebrate the first ever Penguin Classic in 1946 Each book gives readers a taste of the Classics huge range and diversity, with works from around the world and across the centuries including fables, decadence, heartbreak, tall tales, satire, ghosts, battles and elephants.

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    1. The book that inspired the french revolution; will it be a dry read? NO! This is a beautifully written piece of work on who rules and who is subserviant. This is a work that is still important today:Page 101: The English people thinks it is free, but it is quite mistaken: it is free only during the election of members of parliament; as soon as these are elected, it is enslaved, it is nothing.And this was written in 1762. This is as relevent today as then.Highly recommended.

    2. Fascinating read. Sharp thoughts, clearly had quite a lot of impact. Sometimes internally contradictory wrt ideal governments and the will of the people, but for the most part a both good and highly applicable read, even if the part about how unlikely it is that bad and corrupt leaders will be elected (as opposed to chosen in a dictatorship) is, while true, a little depressing right now. But there is a lot to be said for his reasoning around the common good vs the personal good and how the best [...]

    3. "For you, modern peoples, you have no slaves, but you are slaves; you pay for their liberty with your own. In vain do you boast of this preference: I find more cowardice in it than humanity." On page 104. Super severe.

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