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Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Is the author of ‘The Social Contract’ as relevant as ever?

The philosopher’s thought still has the power to challenge our deepest assumptions on identity, religion and the Enlightenment Jean-Jacques Rousseau is generally seen, especially in Britain, as the worst sort of intellectual: absurdly self-regarding, and dangerously naive, in his fond belief in the natural goodness of humanity, which fed the…

That sound you hear is the shredding of the social contract

I met Supreme Court Justice William Brennan in 1987 when I was creating a series for public television called In Search of the Constitution, celebrating the bicentennial of our founding document. By then, he had served on the court longer than any of his colleagues and had written close to…