Locke Vs Montesquieu

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Views of John Locke and Baron de Montesquieu compared John Locke and Baron de Montesquieu were philosophers in the 17th and 18th centuries. Both Locke and Montesquieu wrote books on their views of how a government is best executed. When Researching men like John Locke and Montesquieu, it is amazing to relate their views to government today. The United States government is one that has taken ideas from both Locke and Montesquieu and applied them to the formation of the government the United States has in place now. Locke and Montesquieu agreed that government should have limited power over the people. Locke and Montesquieu also both believed in the concept that “people have the power”, and have the power to execute their own rights. Locke and Montesquieu did not agree, however, on how to execute these rights. Yet, Locke and Montesquieu have similar views to some extent. Locke and Montesquieu believed that limited government (government has limits and every person has rights) was best. Montesquieu thought that governments such as monarchies and despots caused conflict between the people and the government. Limiting the government’s power over the people would take away the chances of a monarchy or despotism forming, and the best way to do that would be to divide the government into three different branches. Dividing the government into three branches will make sure one branch is not becoming more powerful than another, eliminating the chances of it becoming ruled by a monarch or despot. Locke believed that the government should never even be given such a great amount of power. Locke believed that the government was only there to protect people’s rights and to do so in the simplest ways. Locke believed that if there were ever problems with the government then it should be done away with, not fixed. Locke and Montesquieu shared a similar idea of limited
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