The Social Contract Setting & Symbolism

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The Social Contract

This is the first of several terms used by the author throughout the book to define his perspective on the relationship between the individual and government. To be specific, the term "social contract" refers to the agreement between the citizen and the state that government will function solely as a manifestation of the Sovereign Will (see below), and that the citizen will do his duty and define, redefine as needed, and abide by, the laws passed by government.

The State

This is the term used to define a socio-political-geographical community of citizens.

The Body Politic

This is another term used to identify or define the citizens of the state. Unlike the latter term, there is no political or geographical component to the body politic. It is simply a collection of individuals who, together, give voice to the Sovereign Will (see below).

The Assembly

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