They were presenting arguments for a strong central government.
"The social contract is necessary because if it did not exist we would devolve into fiefdoms."
However, there is no good argument for strong central government except as a gateway drug for Empire.
A government bent on control will seek to gain more control with the excuse of promoting the general good.
A technologically advanced feudalism or a technologically advanced form or mercantilism (The American System of A. Hamilton).
Free includes debt-free!