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Ivan Shatov: A Patriot

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A Patriot The term patriot, which is ubiquitous in most speeches and pamphlets of revolutionary France, is conceptualized to mean a person who loves his or her country, who takes pride of it, and who is ready to defend its interests with devotion. Patriotic citizens often speak against their governments if they feel the governments are not taking their countries in the right direction. In Western culture, patriots attempt to share the love for their country with others while honoring the country’s heroes, and national songs and symbols. In Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novel known as Demons, Ivan Shatov is a tragic hero, but cannot be considered a patriot because he has no love for his country, Russia, and its people (Dostoevsky, 2016). He also has…show more content…
Like other modern revolutionaries, Burke believed that passion and emotions are essential factors for a revolutionary success and ability of people to govern themselves. One of the fundamental statements made by French revolutionists, and which shaped Burke’s views, was that all men are born free (Burke, 1984). Burke does not deny this theory, but he believes that if civil society is designed to benefit man, its benefits become the right of man. Burke would be a staunch opponent of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement because it is a movement that fought against what major banks and multinational corporations earned rightfully. The movement feels that it is unfair for the richest 1% to write the rules that govern the U.S. economy. Burke, however, notes that while men can be equal, they do not have equal things. A man who has five shillings has a right to it, just like the man who has five hundred pounds, as long as both earned the amount without transgressing upon others. On the other hand, Napoleon would legitimize the “Occupy Wall Street” movement because he strongly believed that equality was essential for the creation of a stable nation. For this reason, Napoleon would propose serious changes at Wall Street to ensure equitable distribution of…show more content…
In my view, Thomas Hobbes, an English native and a tutor to the noble family, had the greatest influence on the views of the Founding Fathers when they were writing the U.S. Constitution. In his work, Leviathan, Hobbes posited that a good government is the one that gives all men and women freedom to choose and defend their interests. Thomas Jefferson, one of the Founding Fathers, explained the essence of Hobbes’ first principle: unalienable rights. This principle asserts that free people should claim their rights not as a gift from a magistrate, but as derived from the laws of nature (Hobbes, 1676). This principle is an essential minimum of the U.S. Constitution because it acknowledges that some rights, such as rights to liberty, life, and the pursuit of happiness, are derived from nature and ought not to be violated by the
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