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Unformatted text preview: rasa, a mental blank state, so that education makes all the difference. In other words, nature is decisive in forming the human mind. Hobbes believes that government is top-down, whatever it decides is legitimate Rousseau believed that government must be bottom- up, from the people and for the people; but when the people do not see their true interest, the general will, they can be "forced to be free" Hobbes is a pessimist, government is necessary to prevent chaos Rousseau is an optimist, government is a necessary evil, given our development as acquisitive beings who value property; but he gives the state as much power as Hobbes gives the Leviathan....
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