Political Power: John Locke And Rousseau And Social Contract

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Treatise 4-6: John Locke defines Political Power with the use of state of nature or simply the natural instinct a person has. All people are naturally in the state of perfect freedom. They have the ability to control their own actions or do as they please. In this state everyone is treated equally and nobody is over or under powered. People will always be present in this state unless their freedom is stripped from them. The only possible way a person would lose their right to freedom would if they violated a law or committed a crime of some sort. For an explain, nobody has to right to harm himself or others’ life, health, liberty or possessions and if a person does commit a crime like so, the government has the right remove the person …show more content…
Rousseau and Hobbes present two very different ideas on what social contract is. Rousseau suggested that social contract is a government right to exist and govern by the approval of the people in the society. However, Hobbes favors his idea that social contract is man signed a contract for a desire of protection and order from all the freedom they obtained during the State of Nature. As a result people would be governed by a ruler and would have to submit all their rights and freedoms. In return people would be protected and their lives would be preserved. Yes, I do see ideas of Locke in these reading. Thomas Hobbes talks about how all men are born into the State of Nature and that they were completely free. Similarly, John Locke talks about a State of perfect Freedom to order their Actions and the Law of Nature. Both topics of John Locke and Thomas Hobbes have the same basic idea of all men all are created equal and they are free. In Rousseau reading he talks about how a government can form if the people in the society agree on it. In the same matter John Locke talks about the people in a society coming together and agreeing on creating a government. Both are very similar because they both talk about the people having a voice in the …show more content…
I agree with Voltaire, that thinking is a personal liberty. I believe a democratic government has a right to play a role in protecting and promoting thinking. It is a given to be able to think freely because how is it possible to have your freedom of thought stripped from you. The government should protect the freedom of thought because thinking is a personal liberty, in which it cannot be taken from you. The government should promote thinking because citizens could come up with ideas that could possibly benefit the country. However, the government has absolutely no right to force a person to think. Hence, thinking is a personal liberty, you are born with the right to think and the government should protect and promote the freedom of

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