Social Contract

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“MAN is born free; and everywhere he is in chains. One thinks himself the master of others, and still remains a greater slave than they.” 

“In a well governed state, there are few punishments, not because there are many pardons, but because criminals are rare; it is when a state is in decay that the multitude of crimes is a guarantee of impunity.” 

“The social pact, far from destroying natural equality, substitutes, on the contrary, a moral and lawful equality for whatever physical inequality that nature may have imposed on mankind; so that however unequal in strength and intelligence, men become equal by covenant and by right.” 

― Jean-Jacques RousseauThe Social Contract