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Widad BakkalPolitical theoryPaper #2Question #1:Thomas Hobbes made it his point to express how strong the sovereign has to be. In the Leviathan, he makes one of his main points that the sovereign has absolute control over its people which gives us intel on how Hobbes is an absolutist. A sovereign can obtain power in oneof two ways, acquisition or institution. When it is through acquisition, that means power was obtained by putting fear into the subjects and making them a submissive to the sovereign. Power attained through institution is when the people of the commonwealth agree to be under the power held over them. Hobbes says that a strong sovereign is what will keep the people of the commonwealth in line. Having complete control over the people, the sovereign essentially becomes an all and mighty ruler. Regardless of which way power was attained, the subjects agreed to a covenant and have to follow the rules that are presented to them. Some of these rules prompt the type ofauthority a sovereign has. Chapter 18 described 12 rights that are in the commonwealth. In simpler terms here is what the rules are. The subjects of the commonwealth can never try to change the sovereign; that would be breaking the rules of the covenant. The second rule is the sovereign can never step down from power because that would be leaving all the people of the commonwealth at a state of despair with no leader. Thirdly, subjects cannot protest the sovereign because protesting the sovereign is essentially protesting the covenant that was agreed on whether by institution or acquisition. Since the covenant is agreed on by the people and the sovereign, the fourth rule states the sovereign cannot treat its people in an unjust way and if a subject is to complain that they are being treated unfairly they are ultimately blaming themselves for the way the covenant was written. The fifth rule basically goes without saying;

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