Critique of Rousseau

What do we mean when we say The Will of the People? Rousseau’s Social Contract

We need to circle back around to Rousseau. Rousseau held that the General Will (what we call the "Will of the People") is enshrined in the sovereignty of the People. Separate from The People is the government that enforces and protects the demands of that Will. If that sounds very American, it should. The problem… Continue reading What do we mean when we say The Will of the People? Rousseau’s Social Contract

Critique of Rousseau

The “Will of the People” is a Rousseauian Communist tagline – Conservatives should drop it.

One thing the American "Conservative" Right needs to do to keep themselves from being swept away in the coming Leftist, Hegelian, Marxist tsunami, is to come to terms with this notion of "The Will of the People." It does not mean the same thing on the Left as is does on the Right. The problem… Continue reading The “Will of the People” is a Rousseauian Communist tagline – Conservatives should drop it.

Critique of Rousseau

The Royal Heart and Rousseau

I love my enemies. Or, at least I try to love my enemies, especially those who are philosophers. Jeanne-Jacques Rousseau is a good example. Reading through the first section of his Social Contract, I see much with which many Americans would agree but much with which I cannot agree. Still, I like what I see… Continue reading The Royal Heart and Rousseau