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The "social contract" theory is pretty hard to defend. Lots of people have tried, few have succeeded.

I'm just about to finish up _The Problem of Political Authority_ [0] and the author (Prof at Colorado University - Boulder) gives the social contract an _excellent_ rundown.

TL;DR: There is no social contract. It's a politically useful idea not rooted in moral law.

[0] https://www.amazon.com/Problem-Political-Authority-Examinati...




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