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The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
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Jul 21, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: french-literature, philosophy

Having celebrated Bastille day without having read Rousseau's The Social Contract seemed wrong somehow. It is as insightful as you would expect a 250 year old political book to be; simultaneously innovative and silly. 5 minutes of C-Span has me convinced that the US would be better off with an absolute monarchy and the lofty ideals of Locke and Rousseau relegated to the trash bin, since they both greatly underestimate the power that corporations would eventually come to hold in democratic systems of government.

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