Sunday, April 21, 2013

Spring time and Idea 102 is The Social Contract

At long last we're getting some very welcome warm weather and blossom is appearing and seeds are
For those who wander
sprouting, saw these lovely daffodils the other day in Ealing near Northfields underground station and on the photo of my plot you might just about see peas, garlic and broad-beans showing signs of life. Along with other people on the site and the new fence it feels a bit optimistic.

Big Idea 102 - The Social Contract.

I'm not sure if you've heard of Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes (1651) - probably not the greatest chat up line ever), the thing is it's important in terms of 'The Social Contract' and managing to live in a somewhat civilised manner albeit under a system of monarchy.
Fast forward (as they say) to 1690 and enlightenment thinker John Locke had another crack at the question of how we can live in 'society' he came up with his Second Treatise on Government which was a view on a more balanced system between the people and the King (at this time William III). Locke's treatise influenced the US revolution of 1776 - take a listen to the summary below -sounds fair?
Part 3 of this Social Contract development is triggered by the French revolution and the work of Jean Jacques Rousseau who came along with the Social Contract.