I’m working on a political science discussion question and need an explanation and answer to help me learn.
What does Rousseau mean by The General Will? Do you think there’s a practical way to govern a modern society based on The General Will?
For Rousseau, which is more important: the individual liberty to do what you want, or the responsibility to do what’s best for the community (or country)? Are his views more similar to the liberal philosophers we studied (Hobbes & Locke) or to the ancient Athenians?
Which do you think is the bigger problem in the US today:
- People focus too much on individual liberty rather than what’s best for the community.
- Government infringes too much on individual liberty by trying to force us to do what politicians think is best for the community?