America the Mighty: Why We Owe it to Locke
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This paper examines the profound political contributions of John Locke, and makes note of his beliefs on property rights, religious freedom, government by the consent of the people, the equality of man and the idea of three branches of government. The paper argues that he should be given the credit by American teachers and historians for being the first to champion the ideas which found such everlasting fame in 1776 and 1787 in the two greatest democratic documents ever written.
From the Paper:"The Englishman John Locke was the first political philosopher to propose the democratic concepts of inalienable rights, religious freedom, government by the consent of the people, and dividing government among three branches in order to limit the power of each branch. Locke also believed that the point of primary importance concerning the nature of man was the basic equality of all men, and was the first political philosopher to write that, "all men by nature are equal." (Goldie)
"Ironically, Thomas Jefferson has been given most of the historical credit for these ideas, due perhaps to their centrality in the Declaration of Independence. When Jefferson declared that, "We hold these truths to be sacred and undeniable; that all men are created equal and independent," (Peterson) and proclaimed in such ringing tones the ideals of freedom of religion, the inalienable rights of men to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; and the sacred nature of property, he was simply echoing what John Locke had been saying a century earlier."
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