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SA’s social contract has been broken. That’s why things are ...


SA’s social contract has been broken. That’s why things are falling apart

Operation Dudula is just another indicator that people have no faith in the government to fulfil its side of the bargain

Editor: TimesLIVE

The relationship between society and the individual has always been complex. Even as our minds are subject to the laws of causation, as argued in Joseph Priestley’s Doctrine of Philosophical Necessity Illustrated, we are, still, neither the amalgam of our deeds nor objects of control from outer space. We are a mix of intersecting pull and push forces. 

In The Social Contract, Jean-Jacques Rousseau teaches us that we lose individual rights but gain a level of orderliness that keeps us away from the “state of nature” where only the fittest survive. 

Yet the tumult in the world today is a direct consequence of inconclusive answers to the question: “What is the nature and limits of the power which can be legitimately exercised by society — or governments — over the individual in return for this orderliness?” ..

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