Ideas from 'The Confessions' by Jean-Jacques Rousseau [1770], by Theme Structure

[found in 'The Confessions' by Rousseau,Jean-Jacques (ed/tr Cohen,J.M.) [Penguin 1953,]].

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25. Society / D. Political Doctrines / 9. Communism
The nature of people is decided by the government and politics of their society
                        Full Idea: Everything is rooted in politics, and whatever might be attempted, no people would ever be other than the nature of their government made them.
                        From: Jean-Jacques Rousseau (The Confessions [1770], 9-1756)
                        A reaction: A striking anticipation of one of Marx's most important ideas - that society is not created by individual minds, because the nature of consciousness is created by society. The central idea in the subject of sociology, I think.