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What did  Hobbes think about a representative government?

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trialanderror | Student, Undergraduate | Salutatorian

Posted January 18, 2012 at 9:20 AM via web

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What did  Hobbes think about a representative government?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 18, 2012 at 9:29 AM (Answer #1)

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Thomas Hobbes did not like the idea of a representative government as we know it.  He believed that an absolute monarchy was the only viable form of government.  However, that is not to say that Hobbes thought that there was no place for the people and their voices in government.  He did think that the people ought to be able to have representatives who would convey their ideas to the monarch.  The important thing was, though, that those representatives would have no power.  They could ask the king to do things, but the king was the one who would ultimately decide.  So Hobbes believed in representation, but did not think that the representatives should have any actual governing power.

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