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Jean Jacques Rousseau Essay

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Jean-Jacques Rosseau's often criticized quote, "any individual who refuses to obey the general will may be forced by his fellows to do so.This is a way of saying that it may be necessary to force a man to be free; freedom in this case being obedience to the will of all.", is interpreted in many different ways, in some cases good and others bad. It has been referred to as a defense of oppression. In some cases drastic meaures must be taken in order to secure the lives of a society's citizens. Although this idea may have worked a long time ago, it may not be a feasable method of action for today's society; considering the present day's political situation. Although, some of Rousseau's ideas ...view middle of the document...

America's strength and unity was tested on September 11, 2001, but unlike their enemies, the United States is far too strong to fall at the will of these Terrorists. The World Trade Centres and part of the Pentagon may have come crashing down, but the power of the country still stands. Needless to say, it has been a horrible tragedy, it is now time for the United States to counter-act, in order to make an example of these Terrorists. As Rousseau stated in The Social Contract, it is impossible to develop a new power, you can only unite existing ones. The U.S. and neighbouring countries have done just that. They have united their armies and are ready to fight for what they believe in, creating a force that is much stronger and larger than that of the Terrorists. Each individual has surrendered his/her own safety, and has considered themselves an equal part of this war, in order help America stand tall. Although the quote may hold some form of truth, it may not be suitable in describing this particular situation. The only relevenace it may hold is that when the leader of these Terrorist attacks, who is believed to be Osama bin Laden, took it upon himself to attack America, he disobeyed the will of the American citizens. He had attempted to attack their freedom, and safety, and now he must answer to the laws of this society. Once he...

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