It comes from his 1651 treatise Leviathan, a vision of society based on a contract between the ruler and the ruled, motivated by a desire for economic welfare - with all power devolved to a chosen sovereign. Modern politicians, one suspects, would like a little more of that action.
Eddie Hobbs may not be a political philosopher like his near namesake, but his vision of aspects of Irish society in Rip-Off Republic (RTE1) has been described...
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