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Throughout history Philosophers have discussed many different ideas One very significant philosopher is John Lockes John Lockes Ideas were against monarchs with absolute power and instead presented a society were the people in power were elected by the people to rule the people John Lockes ideas were being written around the 1680s his ideas were seeds for the American Revolution in 1765 and the French Revolution in 1789 His ideas also helped create laws for the US constitution that is still upheld today John Locke had a different optimistic view of human nature unlike some other philosophers Locke believed in natural rights or rights that belonged to all humans from birth which included the right to life liberty and property p 454 Locke had a vision for an ideal state He felt that the government should have limited power and it should also be taken by all citizens which he argued in Two Treatises of Government p 545 This idea that Locke had relates to todays government which is limited in power and accepted by most of the population John Locke also gave the ideas that government has an obligation to the people that they govern and he denied absolute power He said people could overthrow the government if they fail or violate peoples rights Locke realized that the king is not giving them anything in return for their enormous taxes he questioned why they were even paying taxes that is where this idea came from Today people have rejected absolute monarchy and the government has an obligation to the people they govern The Freeman Almost all of John Lockes ideas have inspired major changes in government that are used today like the Constitution and a lot of the rights to government and people that it states His ideas relate to todays democracy and show the lasting impact on the enlightenment and today Back then all of these were just ideas people didnt even
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