Libertines Real and Fictional in Rochester, Shadwell, Wycherley, and Boswell Page: 33
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anarchic chaos that one finds in the state of nature. In a commonwealth, individuals have more
power than they do in the state of nature because they not only control their own personal
decisions, but also choose a sovereign to rule according to the interests of themselves and the
collective interests of the citizens. Individuals possess significantly more power in
commonwealths because in electing a sovereign, they are driven by self interest and indirectly,
by the welfare and interests of the people as a whole. In choosing a sovereign, they are
implicitly controlling the ways in which the rulers choose to exert his authority over them
individually and the ways the he rules the citizens as a whole.
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