John Locke And Thomas Hobbes

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The belief in a representative democracy was not foreign to people especially Americans who historically not represents in parliament when they were a British Colony. History shows the classical liberal philosophy being a main contributing factors to the rise of modern representative democracy. Many political scholars took sides to debate the strength and weaknesses of types of governments. The two most fierce and well known political philosophers were John Locke and Thomas Hobbes. Both men of outstanding wit but have two polar opposite ideologies. John Locke however has a certain place in the hearts and minds of American political scholars of not just colonial times but even up to contemporary times. John Locke’s classical liberal view was the key ingredient to one of the most intricate political documents in history, the United States Constitution. This document which is the outline for how the American Government should function and will function since 1787 has only been amended 27 times and the first 10 of these amendments, The Bill of Rights, were ratified 4 years later in 1791. With such few amendments our Founding Fathers must have had a strong conception of what they felt was the ideal government. This is because the constitution has very strong connections to the work of John Locke. The influence of Locke’s political beliefs shaped the Constitution into one built by the people and for the people. John Locke’s main argument over all of his work is that human nature

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