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The United States of America is a relatively young country compared to most of the world It has only been habited for a little less than 400 hundred years and has been unified as we know it today for 230 The vast majority of this countrys population has ancestors who immigrated to the US long ago These people brought many ideas with them and the knowledge of European philosophers This was even before the Revolutionary War and the ideas of Hobbes Locke and Rousseau influenced the founding fathers of out country immensely when they were writing such important documents such as the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution Although some American values today were not impacted by European philosophers of the Enlightenment those philosophers still influenced our political and intellectual values today Some American values were invented by only Americans with American influence In other words there was no visible influence from the European philosophers In fact some American values today contradict the values that those philosophers had For example Rousseaus theory of a communist government with a direct democracy is rejected in our government today Instead we have a capitalistic republican democracy In Rousseaus opinion everyone should have a voice in deciding everything Today that is accepted as being virtually impossible and highly impractical Another thing that the philosophers did not influence was the aesthetic values of America today America is currently focused on contemporary art which is derived from the classic art of Europe However classic art is still the most appreciated and most widespread art in Europe today That way one can conclude that Americans reached their own art tastes without the influence of the Enlightenment philosophers Overall the philosophers of the Enlightenment era did not influence core American values today By simply reading the Declaration of Independence one can instantly tell the similarities between it and Lockes Two Treatises on Government The Declaration of Independence states We hold these truths
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