Robespierre strongly believed that moral principles were the only way to end political evil. His idea of a good government was a government based on ethics rather than how effective of useful the government’s actions are. Therefore, whatever was immoral was also impolitic. According to Robespierre one can find these ethical principles in the good of man. He believed that the laws of virtue were written in the heart of men, instead of the natural goodness of an individual. His main political argument was that the true embodiment of principles of virtue was in the “people” not men as individuals. In order to understand Robespierre’s thinking, one must understand his definition of virtue. In our society we think of virtue as behavior of high moral standards, but Robespierre defined virtue as a word describing those who have a love for their country. To love one’s country really meant to love the people. Based on this reasoning, the exchange of democracy taking a monarch’s place was a logical conclusion. Robespierre believed that political virtue would prevail if the people had a love for their country, and that the sovereignty of the people was recognized. Robespierre could maintain this theoretical consistency only if he defined virtue in terms of the people’s sovereignty. These ideas were the main focus of his entire political system.