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One of the primary principles of
Rousseau's political philosophy is
that politics and morality should
not be separated. When a state
fails to act in a moral fashion, it
ceases to function in the proper
manner and ceases to exert
genuine authority over the
individual. The second important
principle is freedom, which the
Jean Jacque Rousseau state is created to preserve.
View on governments:
Government – an intermediate body set up
between the subjects and the sovereign, to
secure their mutual correspondence,
charged with the execution of the laws and
the maintenance of liberty, both civil and
A good government – … the government under
which, without external aids, without
naturalization or colonies, the citizens
increase and multiply most, is beyond
question the best.