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The Social Contract and the formation of the United States For most of recorded history with brief exceptions ie ancient Greece and Rome mankind has lived under the rule or control of a single man or a group of men The majority of men therefore lived in a state of insecurity fear and terror Imagine living under the power of a man who had control over all aspects of your life He could take your food your possessions your family and if he wished your life If you did something to offend him or perhaps if the King got out of the wrong side of the bed your life could be in peril We who live in the western world cannot fathom these things happening in our own time We have freedoms that our predecessors could only dream of How did we reach this state of freedom How did we throw off the yoke of divine rule How did the rulers who referred to themselves as bluebloods maintain this system of subjugation for most of mans history Let us look back in history to see how we reached this present state in which we live in In earlier times when the yoke of oppression was on the neck of the people the King had absolute power his word was the law With a few words or a gesture from him heads could literally roll He controlled just about every aspect of his subjects lives from where you could live to what you could eat For example wild animals that roamed the forest belong to the King If a starving peasant was found with an animal that he had caught to feed his family without permission it was grounds for imprisonment perhaps even death Those who hunted with permission had to give a portion of the meat they caught to the King for the right the privilege to hunt The King also ruled by the
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