Putin’s control on Russia “Whoever refuses to obey the general will shall be compelled to do so by the whole body. This means nothing less than that he will be forced to be free.”

by Adiah Humphrey

Jean Jacques Rousseau would not support the voters who are in favor of Putin’s control on Russia. Rousseau did not believe that people should give up everything to be ruled by a precursor of modern dictatorship. Rousseau thought people should be able to live entirely for themselves, and if they were to give up their rights they would be giving them up to the community as a whole.

EACH OF US PUTS HIS PERSON AND ALL HIS POWER IN COMMON UNDER THE SUPREME DIRECTION OF THE GENERAL WILL, AND, IN OUR CORPORATE CAPACITY, WE RECEIVE EACH MEMBER AS AN INDIVISIBLE PART OF THE WHOLE.

His point is that as an individual, you do not have to be controlled by a single person. He feels in order for everyone to have equal rights all rights should be given up to the community. Rousseau wouldn’t support Putin’s way of controlling Russia, because in a way Putin is acting like a dictator. He is in control of everyone, and therefore no one has the same rights he has. In other words, Rousseau wants there to be no leader so everyone has their own freedom.

EACH MAN, IN GIVING HIMSELF TO ALL, GIVES HIMSELF TO NOBODY; AND AS THERE IS NO ASSOCIATE OVER WHICH HE DOES NOT REQUIRE THE SAME RIGHT AS HE YIELDS OTHERS OVER HIMSELF, HE GAINS AN EQUIVALENT FOR EVERYTHING HE LOSES, AND AN INCREASE OF FORCE FOR THE PRESERVATION OF WHAT HE HAS.

Putin’s control of Russia goes against Rousseau's Social Contract. If everyone were to accept the way Putin rules they would not be able to have the same freedom as everyone else, some people would have more power than others. Accepting these ways is the total opposite of the beliefs in the Social Contract.

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