Forced to be free

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

“In order then that the social compact may not be an empty formula, it tacitly includes the undertaking, which alone can give force to the rest, that whoever refuses to obey the general will shall be compelled to do so by the whole body. This means nothing less than that he will be forced to be free.”

– Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract, Book 1, explaining that in order to secure a free society it was necessary to adopt the principle that the ends justify the means

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