John Locke : Father Of Classical Liberalism

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1. Using examples from The Second Treatise of Government explain some of the reasons that John Locke is regarded as “father of Classical Liberalism “ Today’s meaning of Liberalism is one that is based on equality among people, Freedom of an individual and liberty. In The Second Treatise of Government by John Locke all these key aspects that make up liberalism today are introduced. At the time John Locke proposed his ideas there were thought to be very unconventional due to his strong beliefs in equality, liberality and one’s freedom. One is able to identify that todays values of liberalism were constructed from John Locke’s values presented in the Second Treatise of Government. Therefore, John Locke has justly earned the title as “Father of Classical Liberalism”. One of the key aspects Locke discuss in the Second Treatise of Government is “state of nature “(sect.4) Locke describes this state as a “state of perfect freedom “(sect.4) where one person does not have more then another. This state is essentially a state of perfect equilibrium it is what we know as today as being, Equality. Locke goes on to say that all men are equal before the law he proposed that men are able to “dispose of their possessions and persons , as they think fit , within the bound of law of nature , … “ ( sect.4) In this perspective Locke is introducing the idea where men are not bound by the government decisions leading to the idea of a limited and conditional government where his beliefs regarding “ state of nature “ would be followed and that men could have individual rights to their private property . Government would primarily stand as a protector to the people to ensure their private property was upheld. Even though Locke believed that every men wa... ... middle of paper ... ...unishment in success.” (pg.39). Burke uses past examples and present situations to express how without the past one’s future will not be successful. Burke argues “Where all these dreadful things necessary “(pg.39) Burke goes on to say that no the horrible out comes of the French Revolution were not at all necessary they were cause by “ignorant council” (pg.39). Ultimately, Burke tone in Reflection on the Revolution in France is written out of great worry for his country and the rest of Europe, Burke is sending out a mass warning to prevent other citizens, kings and, their government and, society to suffer what France had endured. Burkes writing is a sense of urgency and a very important message he had to convey. Therefore, one is able to come to convulsion that paired with time, public reactions and overall tone it was that of Burkes writing that is more convincing.
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