John Locke 1632-1704John Locke was an English Philosopher in the 17th century. His most importantdevelopments include that governments gain legitimacy and status from theconsent of the governed, another ideal of his was that all men are born withnatural rights. These rights were life, liberty, and property. All men would have therights when not in civilization, and they must be preserved in any just society.Locke’s ideas played a large role in Enlightenment thought and principles.Locke’s ideas would later be used by the founding fathers in several grundbreaking documents, including Thomas Paine’sCommon Sense and ThomasJefferson in the Declaration of Independence.Consent of the Governed 1689An ideal popularized by John Locke, Consent of the Governed stipulated thatgovernments were created for the people, by the people to protect their naturalrights. No legitimate government could exist without the consent of its citizens.