What Happened To The Social Contract?

I got thinking about this subject when that rabid in-bred pack of low life cowards that pretend to be ‘patriotic’ stormed the Capitol on 06 January.

Social Contract?

This ought send many to Google to want to know what the Hell I am talking about…..(pause here for the Google machine to answer the question)…

But for those that have an allergic reaction to reading let me help out….

But if you want to learn…..
Social contract theory says that people live together in society in accordance with an agreement that establishes moral and political rules of behavior. Some people believe that if we live according to a social contract, we can live morally by our own choice and not because a divine being requires it.

Social contracts can be explicit, such as laws, or implicit, such as raising one’s hand in class to speak. The U.S. Constitution is often cited as an explicit example of part of America’s social contract. It sets out what the government can and cannot do. People who choose to live in America agree to be governed by the moral and political obligations outlined in the Constitution’s social contract.

Indeed, regardless of whether social contracts are explicit or implicit, they provide a valuable framework for harmony in society.

The central assertion that social contract theory approaches is that law and political order are not natural, but human creations. The social contract and the political order it creates are simply the means towards an end—the benefit of the individuals involved—and legitimate only to the extent that they fulfill their part of the agreement. Hobbes argued that government is not a party to the original contract and citizens are not obligated to submit to the government when it is too weak to act effectively to suppress factionalism and civil unrest.

From where did this philosophy originate?

The term “social contract” can be found as far back as the writings of the 4th-5th century BCE Greek philosopher Plato. However, it was English philosopher Thomas Hobbes (1588–1679) who expanded on the idea when he wrote “Leviathan,”his philosophical response to the English Civil War. In the book, he wrote that in early human history there was no government. Instead, those who were the strongest could take control and use their power over others at any time. His famous summation of life in “nature” (before government) is that it was “nasty, brutish, and short.”

Hobbes’ theory was that in the past, the people mutually agreed to create a state, giving it only enough power to provide protection of their well-being. However, in Hobbes’ theory, once the power was given to the state, the people then relinquished any right to that power. In effect, the loss of rights was the price of the protection they sought.

(Then it moved on the Rousseau and Locke)


I ask the question because of the breakdown on 06 January and the insurrection that breached the Capitol….was that a breakdown of the social contract in America?

This article looks at the social contract and American politics….

Since 1994 or so there have been people elected that do not hold with the concept of the social contract……some were elected not to govern but destroy the concept of the American government.

It got worse when the Tea Party and the ‘people’ that were elected and it has been going downhill ever since.

Just look at the recent Congress there was more theatrics and nonsense around major issues that are of concern of the country.

Theatrics like delivering pizza to a secret meeting….playing to cameras at committee hearings…..anything to disrupt the process and make idiocy a political tool.

After decades of a slow simmer the disruptive influences have gained control of the GOP…..and now the caucus has no other agenda than to bring any progress or governing to a standstill.

Until the people start looking to the nation and its interests instead of some cultural BS…..this disruption will continue and continue to erode this country into an era of nothingness.

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16 thoughts on “What Happened To The Social Contract?

  1. Thank you, Chuq!

    And some possible solutions, like alternative visions of society built upon an equitable social contract exist, if we are willing to look and think on them, critically, but with empathy.

    I have one offering on Wednesdays, if you care to hear more?

      1. Yes please…..I read so much that I get to miss stuff I need to read….so about that….you may remind me anytime and the link is always appreciated. chuq

  2. When we had a Labour government, they introduced the ‘social contract’. But theirs was a system of guarantees. Healthcare, minimum wage, and fair employment laws. They also brought in automatic state pension increases for retirees. Then we got Margaret Thatcher, and she slowly begain to dismantle all that. Some of it remains, but the employment laws changed, and the right to have a contract went too.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  3. Reblogged this on In Saner Thought and commented:

    I am re-posting this article for those that have not found Gulf South Free Press as of yet….for all those that have already visited thank you.

    With all the chaos in this country we have seemed to forsaken the social contract of governing……until we re-discover the ‘contract’ this country will continue to deteriorate into further chaos that could be the death throes of our republic….dramatic? You bet. chuq

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