Rousseau on Keeping Up Appearances

Tyranny Unmasked, Jean Jacques Rousseau

Let [the child] believe that he is always in control, though it is always you [the teacher] who really controls. There is no subjugation so perfect as that which keeps the appearance of freedom, for in that way one captures volition itself….


Source: Jean Jacques Rousseau. “Emile,” 1762.


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