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Shaping Politics an enlightenment essay We may see politics as something that was simply there for us to use but we the United States of America had to concoct our very own form of government - a government that reflected what we wanted But what did we want What influences were had on our political system and our declaration of independence Prepare yourself because we are going to delve into a world of intrigue and splendor a world where the fun just doesnt seem to stop Get ready for some history First we find ourselves all asking the same question What is The Enlightenment Well Webster defines the enlightenment as a philosophic movement of the 18th century marked by a rejection of traditional social religious and political ideas and an emphasis on rationalism Thats an exemplary summary but its not quite enough to quench our thirst for knowledge You see in the mid to late 1700s philosophers such as John Locke and the Baron de Montesquieu would come up with ideas not based on religion or tradition but what they felt was naturally given to them An important person of the enlightenment era who guided those that were lost and without cause was a man from England named John Locke He himself was influence by the Dean of Christ Church College who said that people should be allowed to have their own religious ideas and that they should not be punished for such Locke agreed and felt that everyones voice is important if they are the governed It was his belief that people could make rational decisions and properly govern themselves The idea of divine right infuriated Locke it is preposterous to use this as an excuse to be controlling so many peoples lives It is also important to note that John supported the idea of dividing the government into three branches as to deter any temptation to control such a superfluous amount of power
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