Conference Notes #1 Tiger Zheng
Freedom within a Hobbesian Society
Hobbes defines freedom as anything free of external impediments.
Following this rule, the State of Nature is one in which we are free to
perform any actions without external impediments, insofar as they are
within our power.
In this state, it is perfectly justifiable for a powerful entity to acquire
whatever he or she so chooses by violent or deceitful means.
o Hence there is little benefit in constructing infrastructure, or farming,
as the returns of these exploits would just as easily be taken.
The Social Contract that members of a society agree to restricts power, in
favour of a degree of certainty, and incentivizes production and forward
It does not physically, to my understanding, apply external impediments, but
rather affects how benefic