Jefferson V Locke

Kathryn Rohe and Marco Navarro and Lindsey Shaw

Comparisons between Locke's Treatise of Government and Jefferson's Declaratiion of Independence

Treatise of Government- Locke

  • Inalienable rights
  1. Life
  2. Liberty
  3. Propert
  • Believed in democracy
  • Citizens have a right to overthrow government if their unalienable rights are violated
  • Government should automatically protect the people, provide safety, and enforce their rights.
Quote

"Reason, which is that law, teaches mankind who will consult it that being all equal and independent."


Declaration of Independence- Jeffeson

  • Inalienable rights
  1. Life
  2. Liberty
  3. Pursuit of happiness
  • Also believed in democracy
  • Citizens have a right to overthrow government if their unalienable rights are violated
  • Government should automatically protect the people, provide safety, and enforce their rights.
Quote

"We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are equal."


Both quotes stress the importance of the freedom for American citizens.

Contrasts between Locke's Treatise of Government and Jefferson's Declaration of Independence

Treatise of Government- Locke

  • Government is formed through the agreement between people
  • People have the right to property
  • Believed in the separation of powers through the executive and legislative branch
  • People can govern their own affairs and the welfare of their society
  • People can improve themselves through experience


Declaration of Independence- Jefferson

  • Unisted a States government was formed through an agreement of England and the people
  • People have the right to happiness
  • Refs to government as "Lesilator" which means that the government has the right to make laws.
  • Believed in the separation of powers through the executive, legislative, and judicial branches
  • Believed Lagislative Power was superior to other branches

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Summary

I think that the inalienable rights is the pinnacle of our government; therefore, I believe that this similarity is so important that it is still in effect today. I also believe that it is important that our government has stayed consistent in the terms of it staying a democracy. That is what makes our country unique and what our whole government was built on.