A Treatise on the Social Compact. Or, the Principles of Political Law Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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A Treatise on the Social Compact. Or, the Principles of Political Law by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1795. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... not the province of the law, nor of courseMoreThis historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher.

1795. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... not the province of the law, nor of course that of the sovereign, whose acts can be no other than laws. To the public force, therefore, should be annexed a proper agent, which may re-unite and put it in action, agreeable to the directions of the general will- serving as a communication between the state and the sovereign, and effecting the fame purpose in the body-politic, as the union of the foul and body in man.

Such is the rationale of government, so generally confounded with the sovereign, of which it is only the ministry. What then is government? It is an intermediate body established between the subject and the sovereign, for their mutual correspondence- charged with the execution of the laws, and with the maintenance of civil and political liberty. i The members of which this body is composed, arc called magistrates or kings, that is to fay, gevernors, and the whole body bears the name of the prince.

Those, therefore, who affirm that the act, by which a people profess submission to their chiefs or governors, is not a contract, are certainly right- it being in fact nothing more than the conferring a simple commission on the faid chiefs- an employ, in the discharge of which they act as mere officers of the sovereign, exercising in his name the power which it hath placed in their. hands, and which it may limit, modify, or resume, whenever it pleases, the alienation of its right so to do being incompatible with the very nature and being of society.

Thus, at Venice, the college of senators is tailed the most serene prince, eves w best the dt jc is u t present. I call therefore, the legal exercise of the executive power, the Government or supreme administration- and the individual or body charged with that administration, the Prince or the Magistrate. I...



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