This Present Life: Nasty, Brutish and Short

“No arts; no letters; no society; and which is worst of all, continual fear, and danger of violent death: and the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short.”
Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan (1651) Chapter 12

Thomas Hobbes was an important spinner of narratives, particularly in the political realm.

Hobbes was instrumental in laying the foundations of Western liberal representative government.

Hobbes was also instrumental in detaching the rights of governments to rule from the basics laid out in the Bible. No longer was the king–for good or for bad–the man God had raised to power; now power would theoretically reside in the hand of the “people“–which meant that in reality, power resided in the hands of the mystery of iniquity and its many puppets.

And so the power structures remain today.

Western representative democracy” in reality meant “All talk to the people, while the power resided in the hands

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