Are We All Free? Essay

1005 Words Nov 3rd, 2016 5 Pages
Are we all free? The simple answer to that question is no, but if only comparing people who live in countries that classify their people are free, are they free? Jean-Jacques Rousseau states in “The Social Contract, 1763” “Man was born free, but everywhere he is in chains.” People consider themselves free but the government and the laws it creates owns everyone. Voltaire implies that governments govern man because man cannot govern himself. If man governed themselves it would allow for their personal interests to be the basis for laws and not the governments. 1 Montesquieu, Voltaire, and Rousseau describe the faults within society and suggest changes to the government structures, or a method of governing ourselves to provide liberty and freedom to all. In fact, Voltaire questions where a person should even consider their fatherland or home.2 He does not know if it is where someone is born, where they call home, or where they feel most comfortable. Voltaire points out, the idea of a land of liberty and freedom for all is unreasonable. He states that man is incapable of governing themselves because of his self-interest issues with conflicting with the whole world. For a governing body to benefit the fatherland, it must be everyone else’s enemy. 2 Voltaire means that for one country to succeed another must fail, because of taking over land and increasing a country 's wealth it must come from another land. Therefore, to be the perfect governing body, man cannot…

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