Where does Hobbes fit into all of this?

I’m making a prediction for Lost: the leader of the Others will be named Hobbes. It only makes sense. After all, we’ve seen Locke, Hume, Rousseau, Burke. I was thinking during last night’s episode that it’s surprising that we haven’t seen a Hobbes yet, especially given that Leviathan is all about community and social structure.

That’s when it occurred to me: who better to espouse Hobbes’ ideas than the leader of the Others? In Leviathan, Hobbes postulates that the natural state of men is to lead lives that are “nasty, brutish and short;” in other words that men are by nature violent and selfish, and so must be controlled with a strong authoritarian fist. Now who on Lost might rule an orderly community with an iron fist to avoid a chaotic existence? Why, the leader of the Others, of course, who, incidentally, it has also been hinted might be Jacob, the founder of the Twelve Tribes of Israel in the Bible.

If I’m right, that would make the leader of the Others — let’s just call him Jacob Hobbes, shall we? — a man with a vision of founding a new society, a better one that would not be chaotic, a man with followers with perhaps an almost-religious devotion. We know that the Others take the “good people,” including children, presumably because they are the ones who will fit into their new society. But the dark undercurrent here is that they’re founding a sort of utopian society that is also authoritarian. I mean, if I’m right…

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