Hobbes And Martin Luther King Analysis

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Hobbes believes that a powerful sovereign that is not part of the social contract is the only way to govern people, be in control, and have order in the country; he thinks that because he believes that people will be so fearful of the sovereign and death that they will not cause any problems. However, James Madison, Plato, and Martin Luther King Jr. seem to for the most part disagree with him. I personally disagree with Hobbes, and I agree with Madison, Plato, and King.
Hobbes claims that Social unity and Civil peace are established through the commonwealth in the social contract. The State of Nature, in Hobbes’s opinion, is the equal opportunities of ability and desire which creates conflict, which makes people enemies of each others. He believes
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The first law of nature is to look for peace and try to act peaceful as much as one can. Further, when one fails to find or act in peace, one should use all means of war and make sure that he or she is secured and ready to fight, in case the other person decides to strike first. The second law of nature is to let go of parts of one’s natural liberty to contract peace with others which also requires others to also let go of parts of their natural liberty, so they could have mutual commitment. Furthermore, Hobbes believes that in the state of nature, there are equal opportunities of ability and desire which creates conflict, which makes people enemies of each others. I disagree with that, I think that having equal opportunities will create peace and not conflict because people will have nothing, in terms of being equal, to fight about. People might fight just simply because they are humans but not because they are equal and have equal opportunities. Moreover, I believe that Hobbes’s first law of nature is somewhat realistic because I think that one should always be peaceful and try to solve any problem with peace. However, when the argument or problem is not solved, one should be ready to endure anything and be ready to defend one’s self. I also believe that Hobbes’s second law of nature is not impossible. People should try their best and do anything to be peaceful. Even if people had to let go for parts of their personal freedom for a long term peaceful life, I think people should do it. I agree with Hobbes and I think that once one person lets go of parts of their personal freedom, then other people will also have to let go of parts of their personal freedom to achieve and maintain peace because at the end they will both be

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