Mob Justice

Life offers few greater pleasures than to humiliate the venal aristocracy before a crowd. I am father to the people, and they shall adore me above all others.


Mob rule

  • To bypass the law for instant justice
  • Rule of government by a mass of people who can intimidate legitimate authority


  • Gives small groups of people power to rule
  • It is the highest class in certain societies, especially those holding hereditary titles or office

Venal office (usually corrupt)

  • Office sold by the state in areas of the judicial system, which provided access to power and profit.
  • The most important offices were the most expensive and those that were rich could gain personal noble status to rule

Expanded info:

1651 book LEVIATHAN by Thomas Hobbes

  • Describes aristocracy as a commonwealth which the representative of the citizens is an assembly by part
  • It is a system in which only a small part of the population represents the government
  • The book argues for a social contract and rule by an absolute sovereign.
  • Civil war and the brute situation of a state of nature (“the war of all against all”) could only be avoided by strong, undivided government