A City Guide To Alot for 36 Freedom, Rousseau insists, is a form of sovereignty, and sovereignty cannot be represented. It must be exercised directly. Far from minding his own business and staying at home, everyone in a truly free society flies to the assemblies to let his voice be heard and to take part in the legislative affairs of the commonwealth. 1 7 2 thinking politics Cicero (106 43 B.C.), the Roman orator and statesman, maintained that to be free one must become a slave to the law. Rousseau, following Cicero, agrees that freedom means abiding by law. A City Guide To Alot 2016.