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John Locke and his ideas about philosophy was a major influence on the Americanpolitical system not to mention many other political systems too His ideas were veryuniversal especially those regarding rights and freedom two topics for which the UnitedStates of America is best known Locke claimed that there is a law of nature governinghuman beings and that it is knowable by human reasonLavine 136 This law of natureis the basis of American politics one by which we all live by today This law included theidea that all human beings are equal possessing the same natural rights of life libertyand property and that all human beings have the same obligation not to infringe on therights of other136 Most of laws and justifications Americans live by today are basedJohn Lockes statements about this law of nature for all human beings justifiedmany revolutions including the American revolution of 1776 Because this revolution hadsuch a great impact on American political system it is clear just how significant Lockesbeliefs were and still are His ideas were even clearly put in the American Declaration ofIndependence In Jeffersons words the Declaration of Independence states We holdthese truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal that they are endowed bytheir Creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are life liberty and thepursuit of happiness Today the American people may not recognize it at all but theydo all live by the laws revealed by John Locke
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