Even if there's no government providing a framework of law, judgment and punishment, don't most people have a reasonable sense of what is right and wrong, which will prevent the sort of contract-breaking and generalized insecurity that Hobbes is concerned with?
Hobbes has to make three steps here, all of which have seemed weak to many of his readers. Hobbes argued that, in order to escape such horrors, people would consent to absolute political authority—and that only absolute authority could ward off the state of nature.
Why should peaceful cooperation be impossible without an overarching authority? Cambridge, U. Thus Hobbes lived in a time of upheaval, sharper than any England has since known. Hobbes provides a series of powerful arguments that suggest it is extremely unlikely that human beings will live in security and peaceful cooperation without government.
Each of these bodies is responsible for judging different questions. Hobbes likes to make bold and even shocking claims to get his point across. What, then, is Hobbes's view of human nature?
This aim was taken up by former US President George H W Bush in the drive to create a "New World Order" which he describes as "a world where the rule of law, not the law of the jungle, governs the conduct of nations".
Although he sets out nineteen laws of nature, it is the first two that are politically crucial.