Principium Volume III, Book 13, Quote 1335 and 1336 What out for this type of language! Anti-Liberty
1335. (3-4-2011) (Why is Thomas Hobbes not a good political philosopher, and be on the watch for these names in college? Because he advocates for the surrender of your individual rights to the government or what he terms the “Leviathan.”)ATJ I surrender by right to rule myself to this man (the king or president, etc.)ATJ or to this assembly on condition that you make a like surrender of yours. In this way the multitude has become a single person which goes by the name of a city or a republic. Such is the origin of this Leviathan or terrestrial deity, to whom we owe all peace and all safety.
- Thomas Hobbes, 1588-1679 – Leviathan, 1651
1336. (3-4-2011) (Here is his warped sense of what happens after a general election, supposedly the people are to sit back and take whatever the president or congress do, without complaint, because the voice of the people put those people there, they now have the power, they can do what they want. This is the feeling you get from elected Democrats of today, as well. Arrogance.)ATJ Each subject having made, by the establishment of the Republic, the author of all the actions and judgments of the sovereign established, the sovereign, whatever he does, does no wrong to any of his subjects, and can never be accused of injustice by any of them. For, acting as he does only on a mandate, what right could those who have given him this mandate have to complain of him? By this establishment of the Republic, each individual is the author of whatever the sovereign does: consequently, anyone who claims that the sovereign is wronging him is objecting to acts of which he is himself the author, and has only himself to accuse. (- Thomas Hobbes – Leviathan, 1651) This proposition is fundamental to Hobbes’ entire position. Thus, in the case of an executive act affecting an individual, done by the sovereign-representative of the people: “Whatever the sovereign-representative does to a subject, and for whatever reason, it cannot be called an injustice or a hurt; for each is the author subject of each of the sovereign’s acts.” (- Thomas Hobbes – Leviathan) In the case of law: “…no law can be unjust. Laws have been made by the sovereign authority and all that it does is agreed (in advance) by each subject; and what each has willed can be called unjust by none.” (- Thomas Hobbes, 1588-1679 – Leviathan)
- Bertrand de Jouvenel – On Power, 1948