Locke Vs. Jefferson

By: Autumn Redmon

Similarity One

In this state men are perfectly free to order their actions, and dispose of their possessions and themselves, in any way they like, without asking anyone’s permission—subject only to limits set by the law of nature. (Locke)

(Declaration)that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Similarity: These both are very similar because they significantly mention “equality” for all not matter what race, gender, or beliefs. All men are created equal and they can do what they please.

Similarity Two

It is also a state of equality, in which no-one has more power and authority than anyone else; because it is simply obvious that creatures of the same species and status, all born to all the same advantages of nature and to the use of the same abilities, should also be equal. (Locke)

That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness


That no state has more power than the other. It will always be equal, it also compares how the government becomes too powerful the people do have a saying in what happens. SO that it doesn’t affect happiness

Similarity Three

I may destroy a man who makes war on me or has revealed himself as an enemy to my life, for the same reason that I may kill a wolf or a lion; because such men are not under the ties of the common law (Locke)

HE is, at this Time, transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to complete the Works of Death, Desolation, and Tyranny, already begun with Circumstances of Cruelty and Perfidy, scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous Ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized Nation.

Similarity: Both quotes significantly poignant the use "War" and "Armies".

Similarity Four

On the one side there is the •state of nature; on the other there is •government where one man—and remember that absolute monarchs are only men!—commands a multitude, is free to be the judge in his own case, and can do what he likes to all his subjects, with no-one being allowed to question or control those who carry out his wishes, and everyone having to put up with whatever he does, whether he is led by reason, mistake or passion.

That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it.

Similarity: Both enhance the key concept of one man can not rule all of the people. And they can not have to much power, or else.

Similarity Five

all Men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their CREATOR,

The natural liberty of man is to be free from any superior power on earth, and not to be under the will or legislative authority of men but to be ruled only by the law of nature.

Similarity: All men are created equal.

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My Opinion

In society today i believe that it is easy to forget our past and just casually move on. But some of us do believe in equality and to love who ever you want. "Man" was created by his creator and can choose his own path. Equality is key