John Locke

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John Locke's idea of government was based on equality. In John Locke's State of Nature all people were equal and independent, and none had a right to harm another's "life, health, liberty, or possessions". He believed that in this state of nature, every human being were equal and no one having more than another. This state was formed by social contract because in the state of nature each was his own judge and people followed natural laws. John Locke believed in "peace and preservation of all mankind." He also believed that the reason why man would give up his freedoms to enter into a society is to protect his property. The government will create laws and Enforce laws and punishment.

In Animal Farm the animals on the farm do not like the way they are being treated. The animals must overcome the rule of Mr. Jones and the other humans.

There leader is Old Major. He believes in equality among all animals and that humans are enemies and no animal should ever be like a human. "Man is the only real enemy we have. Man is the only creature that consumes without producing." After the animals "wise" leader Old Major is mistakenly shot by a human. The pigs and dogs take most of the power for themselves, thinking that they are the best administrators of government. Eventually the power corrupts them, and they turn on their fellow animals, eliminating competitors through dishonesty and violence. Animal Farm fails to live up to John Locke's Ideals because from the beginning the pigs teach themselves to read which creates a separation between them and the other animals. The government that forms in animal farm is unfair the government becomes corrupt when Napoleon takes over. He does not represent the people and he takes...