What did Thomas Hobbes think of government?

For Hobbes, 'civil philosophy' deals with the rights and duties of sovereigns and subjects. A commonwealth is like an artificial human; the parts of the commonwealth are like the parts of an artificial human. So: sovereign--soul; officers--joints; rewards & punishments--nerves; wealth--strength; safety--business; counselors--memory; equity & law--reason & will; peace--health; sedition--sickness; civil war--death. Life is motion. Desires are endless, and all desires are selfish. Therefore, in order to provide peace, contentment, and security in living together, it is necessary that we get together and confer power on some single human (or group of humans) of whose acts each of us, even in dissent, will obey for the good of all.

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Hobbes believed that people are driven by selfishness and greed. To avoid chaos, people should give up their freedom to a government that will ensure order. Such government should be strong and able to suppress rebellion.