Liberal Democracy and the Paradox of Nietzsche: A Comparative Analysis

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Essay completed 24 November 2015

It is peculiar to think that Friedrich Nietzsche, perhaps the most influential thinker of the present age, held such contempt for liberal democracy, the leading political ideology of the postmodern world. Is Nietzsche’s argument for renewed spiritual fervor compatible with the postmodern democratic world’s aversion to religious extremism? How can a liberal global society draw so much from democracy’s greatest critic?Perhaps the answer becomes more apparent upon considering the relationship between Nietzsche’s philosophy and democracy. An exploration of Nietzsche’s cold analysis of its characteristics as well as his scathing dissection of its weaknesses reveals the what he finds lacking in democracy. Continue reading “Liberal Democracy and the Paradox of Nietzsche: A Comparative Analysis”

We All Want to Change the World: Locke and the Right to Revolt

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Essay completed 9 October 2015

In his Second Treatise of Government, John Locke argues that all people possess a right to overthrow an oppressive government. While Locke’s theory seems to protect society from oppression, one could argue that granting the people such influence over their government could produce a chaotic society rather than a free one. Is it logical to claim that all people have a natural right to overthrow the government? Is it reasonable to entrust the fate of the government to the whims of the people? Does Locke’s political theory promote anarchy? Locke addresses these questions through his belief in the fundamental rights of humans and his argument of how best to protect societies from tyrannical leaders. Continue reading “We All Want to Change the World: Locke and the Right to Revolt”