The Social Contract Themes

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The Will of the People is Infallible

This theme is the foundation of all the author's theories about government. Everything he writes is founded upon the premise that the Sovereign Will of the body politic is always right, always an expression of what is true, and always, when implemented, for the common good. All forms of government, as well as the actions of every individual involved in government, are held by the author to be manifestations of this fundamental perspective on the human experience; or, if they are not, they ought to be. There is, quite evidently, an element of idealism in this thematic view - and, to his credit, the author seems fully aware of it.

Several times throughout the book he refers to how human nature, in its acquisitiveness, its need to be right, its need to be part of a group, its need to be an...

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