WWII - Dropping of the Atomic Bomb “...If there be no power erected, or not great enough for our security; every man will and may lawfully rely on his own strength and art, for caution against all other men…”

Thomas Hobbes would have supported the use of atomic bombs in warfare. He believed humans needed to be kept in order. He thought that humans needed an absolute monarchy, or someone/something with all the power, to control them.

“...If there be no power erected, or not great enough for our security; every man will and may lawfully rely on his own strength and art, for caution against all other men…”

Hobbes’ opinion on the bombings would be that these bombings are very good tools to use against humanity when they get out of control. He would say that if a society were to get out of control, then these bombs could keep them in order and end anarchy. He would also say that they could be used on a society if they break too many rules as a punishment. He would say that this could remind them to never break rules again.

The bombs symbolize power and leadership. Just like our government today, people are scared of it. Hobbes would say that the bombs put fear into citizens lives and if the citizens know these bombs exist, and know that their area could be hit by one of these if they disobey, then they will obey the leadership.

“...Cannot lawfully make a new covenant, among themselves, to be obedient to any other, in anything whatsoever, without his permission.”

In this quote Hobbes is saying that citizens cannot rebel against the leadership, or follow another leadership, without permission. Hobbes would support the use of atomic bombs because they could be used to keep societies and citizens in order while also preventing anarchy.

Citations

"Harry Truman: Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Announcement (1945)." American History, ABC-CLIO, 2017, americanhistory.abc-clio.com/Search/Display/255195. Accessed 17 Apr. 2017.

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