Book 1, Part 1
• This book is a compilation and examination of the nature and function of government.
• There are many historical and contemporary examples used.
• There are three main points: That the will of the people is infallible; that the sole function of the government is to enact that will; and that the government must adapt to whatever form is necessary, and do so with integrity and efficiency.
• The Prologue states that the author's purpose is to inform himself as much as possible about the way that a state is run.
• Chapter 1 - "Summary of the First Book".
• The author states that every human being lives in chains, and that violence is a poor means of maintaining social order.
• According to the author, the right way to live and govern is based on social conventions.
• Chapter 2 - "Of First Societies".
• The author compares authoritarian socio-political systems with a family...
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