The Social Contract
An analysis and comparison of the social contract theories of John Locke and Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
“Upon entering the social contract does one become a slave to their social surroundings? To this question I believe Rousseau succeeds where Locke fails. Rousseau’s argument of a free social environment with self-imposed rules is consistent. His concept of the general will and his breakdown of the different functions of government seems to remain within the boundaries of his argument. The terms of his social contract do not imprison the people who enter into it instead; they protect them and allow them to remain in control of their government. Whereas Locke’s terms imprison the people within their social community, making them slaves to the majority and to themselves.”