"The problem is to find a form of association
which will defend and protect with the whole common force
the person and goods of each associate,
and in which each, while uniting himself with all,
may still obey himself alone, and remain as free as before."
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
(1712-1778) Political philosopher, educationist and essayist
The Social Contract, 1762
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I think The CONSTITUTION of UNITED DIVERSITY meets this criteria http://groups.yahoo.com/group/uniteddiversity
 -- Triaka, Kaua'i     
     -- gofields, Fort Worth TX      
    And, we are still looking.
     -- GWD, Detroit     
     -- Emma, Melbourne, Australia      
    brillian man with good ideas about thematic elements of government that would come well after his time.
     -- Dante Robinson, Bronx, New York     
    to my mind the best quote ever made!
     -- PL, paris     
    .....But there's a mistake insofar as this quote does not come from the Social contract but from the discourse about the origin of inegalities among mens
     -- PL, paris     
    The natural law's representative republic, limited by the Constitution was a phenomenal answer to the statement. A social contract is an unlawful oxymoron and a despotic lie.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Yes, that is the problem isn't it. Just goes to show that Liberty requires constant attention and defense. Great ideals such as this started the French Revolution, unfortunately after the monarchy was torn down, the socialists assumed the same power. Something to be watchful about in America should revolution come again...
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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