28 Nov 2008 6:33 pm   //   Filed under: In the news, Labeling

Best use of the word “Hobbesian” in a news story

“A Wal-Mart employee in suburban New York died after he was trampled by a crush of shoppers who tore down the front doors and thronged into the store early Friday morning, turning the annual rite of post-Thanksgiving bargain hunting into a Hobbesian frenzy.” — “Wal-Mart Employee Trampled to Death,” The New York Times.

What??

“Whensoever a man transferreth his right, or renounceth it, it is either in consideration of some right reciprocally transferred to himself, or for some other good he hopeth for thereby. For it is a voluntary act: and of the voluntary acts of every man, the object is some good to himself.” — Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan.