The Classical Conservative Social Contract

Classical Conservative social contract theory was known and accepted by political thinkers and actors long before anyone ever formally wrote it down in a work of political philosophy, but the first person to do that both systematically and naturalistically was Thomas Hobbes in Leviathan (1651). All non-Western civilizations were unmistakably Conservative before European contact. Conservative political philosophy is itself a universal default position natural to human thought. It remained unchallenged until the rise of Modernity.    More…

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