Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Declaration of Indepence vs John Locke

In the declaration of independence there is a lot that consists with what john locke is saying. When, in the declaration of independence, it says “we hold these truths to be self-evident: That men are created equal; that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation of such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.” It is saying almost word for word what John Locke thinks about the law of nature. Locke believes that a man has the right to his own personal properties and if one doesn’t like how they are being governed they should abolish it and find a new way of governing.
I believe that Jefferson did either read or know about what John Locke was saying and completely agreed with it. He makes more references further on in the Declaration of Independence. I am completely for the declaration of independence and I think that it was made and signed at the right time in history too. I believe that it was a huge risk writing and signing this but I believe it was a risk that needed to be taken. John Locke has obviously inspired some of the writing in here and that Jefferson agreed with him

John locke and his Second Treatise, of civil government

In John Locke's A Second Treatise, of Civil Government, he explains his opinion on the american government and a man's right. In the second paragraph Locke says
"Born to all the same advandtages of Nature, and the use of the same faculties, should also be equal one amongst another, with out subordinatuin or subjection, unless the lord and master of them all should, by any manifest decleration of his will, set one about another and confer on him, by an evident and clear appointment an undoubted night to dominion and sovereignty..."
I agree with this statement, i believe that all men and women are born equal and should be treated as such. I believe that when a child is born they are not born into the class of their parents like they were when slaves were around.
Later on in his treatise Locke says "The State of Nature has a law of nature to govern it, which obliges everyone, and reason, which is that law, teachesall mankinda who will but consult it, that being all equal and independant, no one ought to harm his life, healther, liberty or possesions" I also agree with this because it says that no man should be 1. treated differently and 2. has rights that their possesions are theirs and no one has the right to harm that. Locke talks about the law of nature which explains the rights of mankind and a main law that we should follow.
"All men may be restrained from invading other's rights and from doing hurt to one another..." This backs up the point that we need law and we need order in order for a civilization and a comunity to succede.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


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