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Are people inherently good or inherently bad?
In my opinion this is the core difference between liberals and conservatives. Liberals, like Rousseau in his book The Social Contract, believe people are inherently good, and can govern themselves. Conservatives, like Hobbes in his book Leviathan, believe people are inherently bad and need kings or oligarchies to govern them. Superficially it may appear that liberals, with all of their regulations, believe people are bad, but dig deeper and you'll find that the regulations, the 'big government' espoused by modern liberals, is a reaction to the modern version of oligarchy: big corporations who want to make choices for the people, most recently codified in the Citizens United decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.