Rousseau: On The Effects Of Luxury


Rousseau: On The Effects Of Luxury

The Social Contract by French Philosopher Jean Jacques Rousseau, was a book well-considered by America’s Founding Fathers. You can easily see his influences that were designed into our great governing Constitution.

As our Judical and Executive branches of government constantly erode the wisdom of the ages and the wishes of our genius cultural designers, we citizens should reflect upon their historical wisdom and instructions for the future. 

The following are Rousseau’s words taken from ISBN: 145380689x, Dec. 29, 2010. This is a Kindle book, location 998. Rousseau wrote his book, The Social Contract in 1762.

In speaking of luxury, he wrote:

“little or no luxury..for luxury either comes of riches or makes them necessary; it corrupts at once rich and poor, the rich by possession and the poor by covetousness; it sells the country to softness and vanity, and takes away from the State all its citizens, to make them slaves one to another, and one and all to public opinion. This is why a famous writer had made virtue the fundamental principle of Republics; for all these conditions could not exist without virtue.”

………”It may be added that there is no government so subject to civil wars and intestine agitations as democratic or popular government, because there is none which has so strong and continual a tendency to change to another form, or which demands more vigilance and courage for its maintenance as it is.”

End of quotations.

The current President of the United States, founded as a Republic, well knows what you have just read. He is sworn to “Transform America”.

He is a destructive force anticipated by Rousseau and our Founding Fathers.

Wake-Up America!

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 3/14/13

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