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Enlightenment thinkers of the American Revolution

Thinking about the American Revolution

Freedom/Break the Mould

"The very first guy who, getting fenced-in a bit of land, stated 'This is mine, ' and located people naive enough to think him, that guy was the real founding father of civil society. In the many crimes, wars and killings, from the number of disasters and misfortunes may not anyone have saved mankind, by tugging in the stakes, or filling the ditch, and crying to his guys: Watch out for hearing this impostor you're un-tied should you once forget the fruits of the world fit in with all of us, and also the earth itself to nobody."
— Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 1754
Discourse on Inequity

Yesterday we examined the roots from the 'Social Contract' while today we'll extend that examination towards the French Enlightenment thinkers — Voltaire and Rousseau. While Voltaire was essentially a digital rebel from the Catholic Chapel and many French institutions (monarchy, aristocracy, and bureaucrats). Rousseau examined what it really means to become a citizen inside a civil society. Voltaire would be a strong advocate of social reform while Rousseau was an advocate of equality within society. These two thinkers gave the American Revolution and our founding fathers important concepts where to construct a brand new type of government. This, consequently, led towards the zeitgeist that enabled in france they Revolution.

Voltaire (1694 – 1778)

"It's harmful to become in matters which the established government bodies are wrong."

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