Civil Wars

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No matter what you call it: democratic, libertarian, non-totalitarian, self-governing, or self-ruling, people have been fighting for their freedoms since the beginning of time. They fight for their life, liberty, estate, and to be governed fairly. Democratic can be described as a form of government in which the people choose leaders by voting, it relates to the idea that all people should be treated equally (“Dictionary”). It seems that since the beginning people have fought for certain freedoms they see as rights. Several civil wars have begun when being ruled by a single person with undivided rule or absolute sovereignty no longer works for the people under that rule. The current events in Syria, the Syrian Civil War are not much unlike the past events of the English Civil Wars. Both governments started fighting rebellions against their own people. Rebels are described as people opposing or taking arms against a government or ruler (“Dictionary”).
Like most kings of his time King Charles the first believed in divine right, which is described as the right of a sovereign to rule as set forth by the theory of government that holds that a monarch receives the right to rule directly from God and not from the people (“Dictionary”). This caused the English people to reject the ruling of their King. English philosopher John Locke writes about the rights of man, “Man being born . . . with a title to perfect freedom, and an uncontrolled enjoyment of all the rights and privileges of law of nature, equally with any other man, or number of men in the world, hath by nature a power, not only to preserve his property, that is, his life, liberty and estate, against the injuries and attempts of other men” (Craig).
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