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25. Society / B. The State / 2. State Legitimacy / a. Sovereignty

[rightful power over citizens]

7 ideas
Sovereignty must include the power to make people submit to it [Spinoza]
People accept the right to be commanded, because they themselves wish to command [Rousseau]
Sovereignty is the exercise of the general will, which can never be delegated [Rousseau]
Just as people control their limbs, the general-will state has total control of its members [Rousseau]
Political laws are fundamental, as they firmly organise the state - but they could still be changed [Rousseau]
The sovereignty does not appoint the leaders [Rousseau]
Nowadays sovereignty (once the basis of a state) has become relative [Reybrouck]