An Interpretive Analysis Of Hobbes And Locke 's Discussion Of Democracy

2002 Words Apr 1st, 2016 9 Pages
Government is crucial to have in society. Without it, there would be no one to set rules and maintain order, leading to utter chaos. In history, we have seen many different kinds of government, some which worked better than others. While democracy was viewed as an undesirable form of governance in the past, it has become quite the opposite today. Through an interpretive analysis of Hobbes and Locke’s discussion of democracy in their novels and use of several articles, I will illustrate how they both focused on the nature of humans and the purpose of having a government to help us better understand that although democracy puts some limitations on people, these limitations are needed in order to combat the actions of some people who may be corrupted and self-interested.

To understand where Hobbes and Locke is coming from, it is important to define what democracy means as the term can lead to many different interpretations. Democracy is a system in the government where it allows the power to be spread out between many people, rather than having a few elites controlling all the power. Having a democracy also gives citizens the freedom to vote and choose which government they want. It represents the view of the people and citizens even have the power to overthrow a government if they are corrupt. Since having a democratic government means that there is more transparency in their decision making, people can easily see if any corruption is occurring and can more easily criticize…
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