Jean-Jacques Rousseau was basically a good guy who believed in the goodness of people. He believed that people were naturally innocent and were all born saints. He also believed that the evils of society and the corruption of governments and churches took away that innocence. Rousseau's most famous piece of writing was "Social Contract". Here he introduced his political theories, and how in his current society there was no freedom. He explained that all humans should enter the social contract with a recognition for good will and truthfulness. This would represent the common good or innocence from the public. All citizens should be committed to the good of all, even if it's not in their personal best interest. He believed that living for the common good produced peace, equality, and liberty. The good of community as a whole, he said, should be placed above individual interests. This basically means that a community is more important that one's self. In his work his hatred for his current government and his admiration to philosophers is clear. His ideas helped stop and settle revolts for the next 200 years. They also influenced the works of famous revolutionaries, such as Thomas Paine and Marquis Lafayette.