State Of Nature, Reciprocal Equality For Individual Rights Balanced With Individual Freedom Duties

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When Locke wrote his Two Treaties of Government he was under the employment or had the Earl of Shaftesbury which ended up giving the philosophical ammo to the founding fathers to give the shaft to England after we won the Revolutionary War. Locke disagreed with and argued that a legitimate king would have their sovereign powers and duties endowed to them by God. Locke also introduced three important ideas, State of Nature, reciprocal equality for individual rights balanced with individual freedom duties which I will call responsibilities and third the idea that these laws arise from and are formed or shaped to us by the laws of nature. Locke’s philosophy had an intense and direct deterministic impact on the language used by the founding fathers. While it took Locke several thousands of words to detail his meaning, the founding fathers seemed to have distilled it into five sentences, 202 words. He believed that no one should have power over someone else, “there being nothing more evident, that creatures of the same species and rank… should be able to use the same facilities, should also be equal amongst another without Subjection or Subordination.” He goes on to speak to how with his principals “There must be no taxation without representation by consent” It is striking how much that sounds like the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain
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