How society is formed is a question that perplexes many, who decides how society is formed? Who has

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How society is formed is a question that perplexes many, who decides how society is formed? Who has more power in society? How does one acquire more power in society? All these questions and many more are ones that social contract theorist like Rousseau, Locke and Hobbs have tried to answer. The ideas that arose from these theorists are the ones that have influenced many of the influential people like the Founding Fathers and hence these ideas can be seen in the Constitution today. The Constitution of the United States has been seen as the supreme law. It is what society is expected to abide by and follow and is seen as fair as it is said to grant the same amount of power and rights to everyone, but does it really? What social contract…show more content…
It left out a significant part of the population; women who didn't have the same rights as men back then and also left out African Americans or as Marshall said “Negro Slaves” (Marshall, 2) which meant that the people that were able to decide their own rights despite being a significant and important part of the population. Similarly, Charles Beard too thought that the framing of the constitution wasn't “fair” and didn't give everyone the same amount of power. Charles Beard in “Framing the Constitution” suggested that the Constitution was a document that was created to protect the framer’s wealth. He believed that the reason rich framers wanted to protect against majority rule was to prevent to overthrow the rich. The framers protected the minority by limiting majority rule, but Beard believed that by limiting majority rule, it would be more of an economical advantage to the wealthy framers. So if the Constitution was deemed unfair or unjust by two extremely influential figures, then why is it such an important document that acts as the supreme law over society? Whose ideas influenced the creation of the document, and why? Social Contract theorists. Their ideas were extremely influential in the creation and implementation of the Constitution. Beard seemed to think similarly to these theorist such as Rousseau of how rules and regulations SHOULD be enforced. Social contract theorist agreed that people coming together and “joining forces”

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