Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Social Contract: Section 132

Usurpers always bring about or choose disjointed times, in order to pass, under the cover of public terror, destructive laws which the people would never adopt when calm.

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Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712–1778) was a Genevan social philosopher. His exerted a profound influence on the social and political thought of the Enlightenment in France and across Europe, including aspects of the French Revolution. Many of his ideas were foundational in the overall development of modern political and educational thought.