The Philosophical Foundations Of Industrialized Democracies Essay

1096 Words Jul 15th, 2015 5 Pages
John Locke, Adam Smith, and Thomas Hobbes are some of the most influential authors that lived during the 17th century. The 17th century was a time when democracy began to get its roots. During this time people were becoming get fed up with the way their government ran, and the way they were being treated. These authors spent their time writing very informational works about their thoughts on the government, its workings, and what was needed to make it successful. However, it takes more than just a good book to ensure the stability of an entire government. The philosophical foundations that industrialized democracies are based on do not ensure stability. While the romantic thoughts of democracy’s founding fathers speak to some, only those who agree and practice the teachings can ensure democracy’s success.
Democracy is not a completely new form of government. In fact it is believed to have been around as early as the Greek city-states, as well as medieval Europe (Hauss 31). Much like everything else in life nothing is perfect, and almost everything can be improved with time. This is very much the case with democracy. Democracy went though many changes in the late 18th century and it took many years for it to start to take hold (Hauss 31). As the 18th century approached the desire for a democratic government had been heating up for the last two Centuries. The scientific revolution, along with movements such as individualism fueled the desire for a government where the…

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