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Hobbesian Revolutions

May 15, 2011 by


In this previous post, I wrote about how generally Thomas Hobbes regarded rebellions in his book Leviathan. In this post I want to update Hobbes’ concepts to take petroleum-based energy into account. Significant economic changes were brought about by the world-wide switch to fossil fuels — petroleum — as the primary energy source for almost […]

Thomas Hobbes on Revolution

May 7, 2011 by


One of the basic concepts one takes away from Thomas Hobbes’ immortal Leviathan, is that revolution is not a good idea. In fact, he very carefully lays out the reasons why it is a very bad idea, which I will loosely sketch out here. In a phrase, it is better to keep the devil you […]

State of War: The Nightmare of Thomas Hobbes

April 17, 2011 by


State of War: The Nightmare of Thomas Hobbes Although he never used the term, Thomas Hobbes is credited with describing the concept now called the State of War, in his immortal Leviathan of 1651. In the original spellings, the source paragraphs are as follows: “There Is Alwayes Warre Of Every One Against Every One Hereby […]