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Western University
Political Science
Political Science 2237E
Douglas Long

Landmark moments in Rousseaus history1 Societynecessary interdependence inescapableroles vanity deception social understanding of power based on wealth and status in society Discourse Part II Diabolical opposite of Lockes civil society And Hobbes See Cahn pg 357 society substitutes social depravity for natural compassionRousseausubtitle of the Social ContractPrinciples of political right2 EconomyThe first man whosaid this is mine and found people simple enough to believe him was the real founder of civil society 362Rousseau does not hate private property he just believes in private property stemming from the citizen body and us deriving a share rather than the petty tyranny of claiming ownership and threatening those who threaten youMarxists like Rousseau because he recognizes that your role in the economic system becomes your life therefore it should be our first priority to prevent inequality and preserve freedomvery important that nobody becomes enslavedLockeonce there is money scarcity begins to breedslavery and misery germinate with the cropsRousseau dramatizing the inequality that result when commercial society risessequence inequality conflict slave labour greed of the rich deceptiona horrible state of war
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