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Re: Rousseau

From a reader:

Having only read about 1,000 pages of Rousseau, I am at a distinct disadvantage to the e-mailer who wrote you earlier. Thus I am forced to conclude that other than his rejection of constitutionalism, his desire to overthrow the existing social order, his wish to replace organized religion with a state-sponsored civil religion, his embrace of untempered, majoritarian democracy, his utter abandonment of the idea of community, and his not so subtle advocacy of totalitarian measures of thought control, Rousseau is truly a philosopher that conservatives should hold as one of their own.

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