John Locke's Checks and Balance

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How did John Locke influence Checks and Balances, and how does it apply to today’s everyday life? Locke thought everyone needed to form a society together where there is a system of checks and balances. The main problem in the state of nature is that there aren’t any impartial judges and there’s no clear interpretation of law. Creating a society solves these problems. Locke also felt that the people should elect a series of representatives to keep things in order, not place all the power in the hands of one. Locke influenced Checks and Balances by the simple common sense realization that each word has an equal opposite. John Locke is the father of modern empirical science that demands that both sides of any and all issues be explicitly …show more content…
That theory was tested thoroughly through the chymists and Galenists’ separate theories. Locke tended to side with the chymists on most factors.

Being nicknamed “Father of Liberalism,” Locke’s theories have formed the structure and foundation of many important works, such as the U.S. Declaration of Independence and Constitution. Locke’s theories on property, social contract and the mind are considered to be the most widely known of all theories. Locke went on to explain the principle of checks and balances to limit governmental power. Locke favored rule of law and a representative government. Locke also denounced tyranny and insisted that when the government violates individual rights, that people are legitimately able to rebel. These stated views are most fully expressed in Locke’s famous Second Treatise Concerning Civil Government, they were so radical that Locke never dared sign his name to it, although he acknowledged authorship only in his will. Doing much to inspire the libertarian ideals of the American Revolution through writing, Locke set an example which appealed to the people throughout Europe, Asia and Latin America on how to live.

As stated before, Locke is most renowned for his political theory. Contradicting Thomas Hobbes, Locke believed that the original state of nature was happy and characterized by tolerance and reason. In that state all people were equal and…