Thomas Hobbes – Early Socialist Liberal

Nov 13, 2011

The early English Liberal and philosopher Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) is best known for his desire to control people through political thought.

Thomas Hobbes believed dangerously in the idea that a sovereign group of leaders is better trusted in determining the outcome of all aspects of peoples lives.

Hobbes believed in the idea of controlling people and keeping power over them by forcing them into obedience to an unaccountable person or group empowered to decide every moral, social and political issue. Liberals such as Hobbes could brilliantly promote such a premise under the guise of social justice.

Hobbes believed that humans living in a “state of nature” is like a civil war. All feeling a universal insecurity, where all people fear violent death and where the so-called rewarding human cooperation is all but impossible.

It’s like a religion, this Liberalism. Except anyone who is a Liberal leader, passing Liberal laws, enforcing and promoting a Liberal social society, with social justice at its core, can be its god.


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