HIS Case Study 2

HIS Case Study 2 - Josh Huver 23 January, 2008 T. Campbell...

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Josh Huver 23 January, 2008 T. Campbell HIS 1120 Case Study 2 1. The meaning and the significance of Thomas Paine’s statement that “before any human institutions of government were known in the world, there existed …a compact between God and man” is that Paine thinks that it is an abomination for any government to try and control its people’s religious beliefs. By saying that the compact between God and man existed before any type of government was even conceived of, he is saying to take away man’s individual right to worship as he sees to be fit is completely reprehensible. This, to me, appears contrary to Rousseau’s ‘social contract.’ Rousseau was “a bit weak in protecting individuals and minorities from the ‘general will’ because he equated will with public right mindedness.” He was all about forcing people to follow the general will, sure of himself that following the general will make everybody happy. This differs greatly from Paine’s ideology that each individual is entitled to determine for himself what
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