Hobbes apparently fails to recognize that in the act of “covenanting,” a people may voluntarily give up only certain aspects / functions of their liberty. He assumes that the act of covenant automatically grants the sovereign almost unlimited power and prerogative. Thus, he is compelled to assert that any rights that the people have are the result of a grant by the sovereign. It is a tight little spiral he has created – but clearly wrong and clearly inconsistent with even English History (not to mention later US history).

Funny, that we should excuse his theory of Leviathan due to the influence of the Glorious Revolution, isn’t it? Many men of the time took an opposite view and much work was being done by little remembered English jurists seeking (successfully) to diminish, negate or destroy the prerogative of the Crown. should not they also have been influenced by the Glorious Revolution as Hobbes was?

No, Hobbes starts with a misconception about the covenant – and goes downhill from there – even if Johnathan Edwards was right about truth and bad men – Hobbes is / was on a downhill path alien to English sensibilities and tradtions.

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