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Single Idea 19855

[catalogued under 25. Society / B. The State / 1. Purpose of a State]

Full Idea

The aim of all political associations is the conservation of the natural and imprescriptible rights of man. These rights are liberty, property, security, and resistance to oppression.

Gist of Idea

The purpose of society is to protect the rights of liberty, property, security and resistance


Mirabeau and committee (Declaration of the Rights of Man [1789], 02)

A Reaction

Radical thinkers will obviously be doubtful about property being on the list, because that entrenches huge inequalities, between peasants and their landlords. Resistance to oppression will bother the likes of Edmund Burke.

Book Reference

'Les Philosophes', ed/tr. Torrey,Norman L. [Perigee 1980], p.285