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Single Idea 19844

[catalogued under 25. Society / B. The State / 2. State Legitimacy / e. General will]

Full Idea

The opening of assemblies, which solely aim to preserve the social treaty, should always start with two separate propositions: 1) does it please the sovereign to preserve the present form of government?, 2) ...and to preserve the present administration?

Gist of Idea

Assemblies must always confirm the form of government, and the current administration


Jean-Jacques Rousseau (The Social Contract (tr Cress) [1762], III.18)

A Reaction

I would love it if the British people were allowed to discuss our form of government, but it now seems completely ossified. Being a monarchy, with the consequent patronage, almost guarantees this stasis.

Book Reference

Rousseau,Jean-Jacques: 'The Basic Political Writings', ed/tr. Cress,Donald A. [Hackett 1987], p.203