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Unformatted text preview: Crump 1 Josh Crump PLS 120-01 03/24/08 Daily prcis of 03/24/08- Rousseaus Social Contract People form societies when the obstacles faced in the state of nature become too arduous for any one person to overcome. Each person gives up his natural liberty - the freedom to do anything he desires - in exchange for the greater power of the entire community. Because everyone gives himself and all of his rights to the community, the conditions of the social contract are equal for all those involved. The association of many individuals with the same interests creates a collective body with its own life and will. This body is called the "state" when it is passive, and the "sovereign" when it is active. Because the sovereign can be considered a private individual, there is no law that is obligatory to the people as a body. This would be the same as a private individual making a contract with himself. However, the sovereign cannot do anything that harms the social contract, because that would result in its dissolution. In addition, because it is the social contract, because that would result in its dissolution....
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