• The theory of social contracts extends as far back as Plato. However, it was the great 18th century social philosophers John Locke, Thomas Hobbes, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau who brought the concept of a social contract between citizens and governments sharply into political thinking, paving the way for popular democracy and constitutional republicanism.

    "What #OccupyWallStreet Must Ask of Corporations and Themselves" by Simon Mainwaring, October 12, 2011.