Essay The Theory Of Enlightened Self Interest

842 Words Oct 15th, 2016 4 Pages
According to the center on congress at Indiana University, Lee Hamilton, a former member of the United States House of Representatives, states this about government, “no matter how good a policy, if good people aren’t available to carry it out, it will fail.” As democracy puts governmental power into the hands of the people, it is crucial that citizens embody the theory of enlightened self interest where the ideas of common good are above those of the individual. With a mindset that good people are needed to carry out good policies, if congress is failing, the people are failing. Thomas Jefferson stated, “No government can continue good, but under the control of the people.” Popular sovereignty is crucial to emplacing and maintaining a government for the people.When emerging from a state of nature, social contract theory is implemented to create a state where there must be a mutual defense of rights and mutual decision by deliberative assembly. The mutual defense of rights is implemented based on the people 's natural rights where decision by deliberative assembly creates a body to represent the people 's needs such as congress. Rousseau’s social contract theory supported people 's sovereignty where he states, “Man is born free, but everywhere he is in chains.” Rousseau realizes that the equality of the people in a state of nature is very assorted as people freely try to gain an edge over one another. The Declaration of Independence voices that “Governments are instituted…

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