Christian Jean-Baptiste Global Studies Ms. Ballute October 25, 2011
Support of Absolutism
Imagine that you are a productive member of a society, living under the rights of absolute monarch in complete control over everything in the country. You and your family decides to plan a meeting with the government of the country, in which you are treated unequally because of your race, in which people decides to treat you like trash. So, the king decides to go along with the plan, and tells you that you have the liberty, and the freedom of speech to change the lives of many people living in the country, who are being treated differently, just because of their race. Well, absolutism was a time period when absolute monarchs gained complete control over government, and through military conquest by putting themselves at the center of all government decision-making. This essay will introduce some great philosophers during that time of absolutism, in which they had different opinions and beliefs as to why they support absolutism. These philosophers were described as “The Enlightenment Thinkers”, which included Jean- Jacques Rousseau, Baron de Montesquieu, and John Locke. I will also take the time to explain why I support absolutism.
Jean-Jacques Ideas on Natural Rights
Jean-Jacques Rousseau was an Enlightenment philosopher born in Geneva, Switzerland in 1712. He believed that people are born good, independent, and compassionate, in which if there was a society with no government or laws, people would live happily and peacefully. According to the Jean-Jacques Rousseau documents, Rousseau believed that people can be both ruled and free if they rule themselves, and also thought that governments should exist on the basis of a...
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