He will be forced to be free  

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"He will be forced to be free" (French: On le forcera d'ĂȘtre libre) is a remark made in the The Social Contract (1762) by Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

The full fragment reads:

"In order then that the social compact may not be an empty formula, it tacitly includes the undertaking, which alone can give force to the rest, that whoever refuses to obey the general will shall be compelled to do so by the whole body. This means nothing less than that he will be forced to be free; for this is the condition which, by giving each citizen to his country, secures him against all personal dependence. In this lies the key to the working of the political machine; this alone legitimizes civil undertakings, which, without it, would be absurd, tyrannical, and liable to the most frightful abuses."

As mentioned in The Trap (2007)

"Terror from a revolutionary government, he said, is very different from the terror used by tyrants in the past, because now, it meant the destruction of those whose moral corruption was barring the way to a new society of virtue. Terror has become, he said, the despotism of liberty against tyranny. Another of the Jacobins, Saint-Just put it more simply: "We must force the people to be free"."

--The Trap, Part 3. 'We Will Force You To Be Free', 6:50, (2007) by Adam Curtis


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