Politics Then and Now Transcripts


What is the Root of Inequality Amongst People?: Rousseau on America’s Founding Lie of (In)equality

Podcast Link “The first man who, having enclosed a piece of ground, bethought himself of saying, “This is mine”, and found people simple enough to believe him, was the real founder of civil society.” – Rousseau Every society must justify its inequalities. But, before we get to that, I want to let you know thatContinue reading “What is the Root of Inequality Amongst People?: Rousseau on America’s Founding Lie of (In)equality”

Emergency Powers: Hobbes vs. Locke and COVID-19

In our last episode, we talked about how, according to Locke and the founders, people in the state of nature would choose a government that would protect their natural rights of life, liberty, and possessions in exchange for giving up their right to enforce the law of nature- that is Locke’s version of the social contract. We finished teasing that sometimes, in case of emergencies, the government gets to break its own rules.

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