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The Social Contract
by Jean-jacques Rousseau, Trans. By G. D. H. Cole
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French
THE first and most important deduction from the principles we have so far laid down is that the general will alone can direct the State according to the object for which it was instituted, i.e., the common good: for if the clashing of particular interests made the establishment of societies necessary, the agreement of these very interests made it possible.
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