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  •  But Hobbes wrote Leviathin in 1651 (0+ / 0-)

    Monarchy was all he knew. The American experiment was a century and a quarter in the future, and proportional representation even later.

    •  I disagree (0+ / 0-)

      Hobbes was familiar with not only the absolutist monarchy of the Stuarts, but also the Tudor monarchy which, to some extent, had to work with Parliament. Not only that, but he was also familiar with the republic of the Commonwealth of England under Oliver Cromwell. He saw two extremes and the potential for moderation. He chose the extreme of absolutism. Locke was a contemporary and came to a very different conclusion.

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