John Locke The Father Of The Constitution Analysis

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American citizenship is the allegiance of those who qualify who are entitled to the enjoyment of all Civil Rights. John Locke, the “Father of Classical Liberalism,” and James Madison, the “Father of the Constitution,” though both influential figures in American history, did not agree on the best way to construct the foundation of the United States’ government. Locke and Madison had contrasting perspectives regarding American citizenship including their views on human nature, and political and economic systems. John Locke’s view point in regards to human nature is that people are, by nature, social animals. His arguments are based on the Law of Nature, the basis of all morality, which is the belief that people should be free to live their lives without interference due to the fact that the fundamental rights of life, liberty, and property, were given to them by God. Locke also mentions that humanity ought not to harm others in regards to their fundamental rights and in turn expect their own rights to be respected. In terms regarding the state of nature, it is the natural condition of mankind, a state of perfect and complete liberty to conduct one’s life as one best sees fit, free from the interference of others. Politically, Locke states, “A well governed state is as fruitful to all good purposes as the seven headed serpent is said to have been in evil; when one head is cut off, many rise up in the place of it” (Anti-Federalist Papers). He believed that rulers gain authority through the consent of the governed and if the government …show more content…
Both of these philosophers were white, wealthy, men, which was already a high ranking tier in the social construct. However, several other factors including the era in which they lived, nationality, and influential people and events, are possible reasons as to why two founding fathers conflict in their

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