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Volume 2  Number 1  •  Summer 1997
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Wreaking Hobbes on Mankind
By Philip Coates
This article appeared in the Summer 1997 issue of The Independent Review

Many intellectuals share Thomas Hobbes’s doubts about the viability of liberty and self-rule. They might become strong allies in the cause of freedom if only they would question the (demonstrably false) view of human nature that underlies the political pessimism of this beleaguered Englishman.