Louis de Bonald on Rousseau

“Jean Jacques Rousseau locates the natural state of individual or social man in the native or imperfect state.  This is the source of his predilection for children, at least those of other people, and of his mindless admiration for the savage state.  Hence these propositions worthy of the madhouse:  ‘The man who thinks is a depraved animal’; ‘man is born good, and society depraves him.'”

                —from On Divorce, pp. 70-71

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