1. Marine beast of the Old Testament, usually associated with Satan.
2. Best known book of the British philosopher Thomas Hobbes, written in 1651.
In Leviathan, Hobbes set out his doctrine of the foundation of societies and legitimate governements. In the natural condition of mankind, the state of nature, while some men maybe stronger or more intelligent than others, none is so strong and smart as to be beyond a fear of violent death. As in the state of nature, each of us has a right, or license, to everything in the world.
Formed this way the state and the law, the social contract would respond to an urgent need to live without a fear. As the social contract was made to institute a state that would provide for the “peace and defense” of the people, the contract would become void if the government no longer protects its citizens.
Leviathan is the result of a one month trip around the U.S Midwest, during the severe weather season. It is a reflection about occident, about postmodern politics and the fear to violent death.
From the desert in New Mexico, and the vast areas of Texas, Kansas and Nebraska, to the Indian grasslands of both Dakotas. Five weeks of motels and gas stations, of infinite roads and fast food looking for the Tornado to shoot.
Sometimes one cries in America because there is no reason in miles around not to cry.