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Victory Nuovo: Civilization's dysfunction

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Posted on February 1, 2018 |
By Victor Nuovo



Rousseau’s “On the Social Contract” begins with this famous declaration: “Man is born free, and is everywhere in chains.”

The opening clause of this declaration expresses a fundamental principle of modern liberalism: every human being is, by nature, free. Yet, Rousseau observes, notwithstanding this native freedom every human being has become enslaved, and the cause of this enslavement is civilization.

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