Part D: Essay
March 7 2011
A French philosopher of the name Jean-Jacques Rousseau once said “Man is born free; and everywhere he is in chains... how did this change come about?” In February 2011, several North African nations over threw their leading figure demanding a change in government. The leader Muammar al-Gaddafi, was involved in high political corruption which was finally ended by the citizens of Libya. According to Rousseau, civilization has a corrupting influence on humans. Rousseau also advocated the idea of a contract between citizens and the state, and his idea of “ general will” which helps in defending the actions of the citizens of Libya.
Libya is a North African nation of about 5,600,000 people of mixed Berber and Arab origin (Everything Our Government Really Does). Ninety-seven percent of the population are Sunni Muslims and fifty-seven percent live in or near the three Mediterranean coastal cities of Tripoli, Benghazi, and Misratah. It is mostly made up of desert and contributes through high-quality petroleum reserves on the world scene (Everything Our Government Really Does) . At the age of 27, Mummar al-Gaddafi seized power and established five major goals: removal of foreign military bases, international neutrality, national unity, Arab unity and suppression of political parties. After his first year –all- with the exception of Arab unity were accomplished. Arab unity began to be an obsessive matter to al-Ggaddafi, who made corrupt laws and had periods of unknown absence throughout his reign.
Rousseau through a number of important social and political works, argued that civilization had a corrupting influence on humans. He also suggested that the social structure that encouraged self-interest instead of goodwill toward others had corrupted human nature and ruined societies way of life and the search of happiness. The Libyan society as a whole is a perfect example of...
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