The following article makes the connection between the work and thought of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and socialism. Rousseau invalidated the concept of original sin where God punished man with labor. Not only did he invalidate original sin in his personal life, but he went a step further: he invalidated the entire creation myth from the Book of Genesis. Rousseau then supplanted that creation myth with his own origin story, one he outlined in great detail in an essay called, This Discourse on the Origin of Inequality. This work contains the creation myth of socialism, and is the socialist book of Genesis. Essentially, what we know and understand as socialism is predicated on the invalidation and negation of the premises, conclusions, and implications of the Biblical creation myth. Socialism emanates instead from the premises, conclusions, and implications of Rousseau’s creation myth, where neither labor nor private property are de facto and mandatory aspects of the human condition.
"In The Beginning: Rousseau’s Discourse On the Origin of Inequality & The Socialist Book of Genesis,"
Journal of Ideology: Vol. 42:
1, Article 1.
Available at: https://scholarcommons.sc.edu/ji/vol42/iss1/1