John Locke 's Views On Government And Democracy

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Introduction Government and more importantly democracy in government has always been an important aspect of any society. Theories created about government seeks to shed light and provide insight to the masses so that they will be more capable of understanding what their government is all about, the policies that stand for and how accessible they are to the citizens of the country. The theorists being examined in this study are John Locke and J.S. Mills. These 2 theorists support democracy, and the rights of people to have a say in their government. They have shared their views on how a democratic government should operate and have influenced many other theorists and entire governments with their views governments as knows as the United…show more content…
Locke also claimed that for a government to be legitimate the people must freely surrender some of their power. They do so to foster a stable, comfortable and enjoyable life. His point of view on political legitimacy explains that the starting-point at which the state of nature begins is one in which all individuals are equally free to act within the constraints of natural law and no individual is subject to the will of another. He said that the normative concept of political legitimacy is often seen as related to the justification of authority. He understands that the state of nature is one of equal rights. In the Natural laws state, according to John Locke this is not adequately specific to rule a society but cannot enforce it when violated. To this he suggested a solution this is a social contract that transfers political authority to a civil state that can realize and secure the natural laws. Government by consent of the governed John Locke presenting many ideas relating to Government, one strong belief he possessed was the fact that a good democratic Government had to exist through the permission of the people being ruled. Seeing that people are born natural free and have control over their political and social state of mind, they had to surrender some of their rights to the government for that government
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