Lecture 22 - Civilization and Its Effect on Human Freedom...

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Civilization and Its Effect on Human Freedom “since the bonds of servitude are formed merely from the mutual dependence of men and the reciprocal needs that unite them, it is impossible to enslave a man without having first put him in the position of being incapable of doing without another.” (Discourse, 43)
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First stage of enslavement “In proportion as the human race spread, difficulties multiplied with the men. Differences in soils, climates and seasons could force them to inculcate these differences in their lifestyles. Barren years, long and hard winters, hot summers that consume everything required new resourcefulness from them.” (Discourse, 45)
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Second stage of enslavement “Taught by experience that love of well- being is the sole motive of human actions, he found himself in a position to distinguish the rare occasions when common interest should make him count on the assistance of his fellowmen, and those even rarer occasions when competition ought to make him distrust them.” (Discourse, 46)
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