A City Guide To Salqin for 10 King James I of England (1566 1625) took this sort of claim quite seriously, though he had a religious, as opposed to pragmatic, Hobbesian justification for his own despotic reign. If confronted by unjust and tyrannical rule, James states, the people may do no other than flee unresistingly from the anger of its king; its tears and sighs are the only answer to him allowed it, and it may summon none but God to its aid.11 A king has a divine right to rule, James was saying. This rule is absolute and should meet with no resistance whatsoever. Few people today accept James’s defense of absolute monarchy on religious grounds. Most would also argue that Hobbes’s legitimation of sovereign power politics, power, and the public good 5 5 and violence goes too far and that his understanding of common interests or the public good is too narrow. Ruling for the public good requires more than the mere prevention of anarchy or war. A City Guide To Salqin 2016.