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25. Society / B. The State / 2. State Legitimacy / d. Social contract

[power derived from agreement among citizens]

10 ideas
After a taste of mutual harm, men make a legal contract to avoid it [Plato]
A law is not just if it is not useful in mutual associations [Epicurus]
The Second Treatise explores the consequences of the contractual view of the state [Locke ,by Scruton]
A society only begins if there is consent of all the individuals to join it [Locke]
If anyone enjoys the benefits of government (even using a road) they give tacit assent to its laws [Locke]
A politic society is created from a state of nature by a unanimous agreement [Locke]
The social order is a sacred right, but based on covenants, not nature [Rousseau]
The government is instituted by a law, not by a contract [Rousseau]
Social contract theories are usually rejected because there never was such a contract [Kymlicka]
The benefits of social freedom outweigh the loneliness, doubt and alienation it brings [Scruton]