Rousseau is a Miami Heat Fan
In Rousseau’s “On the Social Contract,” he discusses how people go about maintaining their state of nature in the face of obstacles. Rousseau says that the “human race would perish if it [does] not alter its mode of existence.” To deal with the resistance they are facing, Rousseau suggests that men combine forces in order to advance and thrive. Ideally, this not only allows them to overcome the resistance, but to maintain your own personal freedom as well. This idea is present in society where ever you look. LeBron James could not win a championship in Cleveland, and Chris Bosh was facing the same problem in Toronto. Solution? According to Rousseau, James and Bosh should join Dwyane Wade in Miami and overcome the resistance together, while also being able to pad their own stats. As has been well documented, this is exactly what they did.
This trend is also present in the business world. When companies are flourishing, and looking for ways to advance, they do not divide their company into two or three separate companies, they instead purchase smaller companies and add them to the bigger, greater organization. Google bought YouTube, Chevron bought Texaco, and Cingular bought AT&T. This sort of takeover goes on daily in the world, all in order to advance one’s company in the business world, bettering both companies involved. Rousseau predicted a similar trend in his essay.
However, many people have problems with the rich getting richer and the big getting bigger. James received a public bashing for his move to the Miami Heat. He was vilified. Why was this? It is seemingly because people do not like seeing the successful gang up on the smaller. This is not what is occurring though. James Bosh and Wade were all struggling to accomplish their goals individually, so they decided to “unite” and “gain the upper hand over the resistance.” Not only does Rousseau support this, he sees it as necessary. On the same note, as corporations are struggling to maintain their status with the increasing competition, they join together, and gain the upper hand.
So while people will continue to hate the big corporations, and the Miami Heat and New York Knicks, Rousseau would instead commend them on altering their “mode of existance” and maintaining their individual will in the process.