Assessment on Hobbes Ideas on Monarchy Essay

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Assessment on Hobbes Ideas on Monarchy




Assessment on Hobbes’ Ideas on Monarchy

Thomas Hobbes was a proponent of the monarchal system and in this paper I will prove that
Hobbes was right in supporting the monarchal system of government, I will also show the
opposing school of thought, and finally, I will give you my opinion on the monarchal
system. Thomas Hobbes lived from 1588-1679 and throughout most of his life there was
violence going on all around him. The biggest case was the English Civil War. This war
lasted about seven years and it overthrew the monarchy, which England had established many
years before. After this revolution, shaky governments ruled the land for several years.
But then, the English went back to the monarchal system. These times shaped Hobbes’ views
and his way of thought. Hobbes became a backer of the monarchal system and expressed his
thoughts through his book, Leviathan. He had several reasons that supported his zeal for
monarchy. The first of which is the monarch that would be in place would look out for his
people and not only for himself. Hobbes starts out by saying that if there is a thoughtful
and giving monarch, he would try to encourage his people to work as hard as they possibly
could. For example, if the people had to pay taxes of 10% of their total income, then the
king would also get 10% of that. If the king were intelligent, he would encourage the
people to work harder. This would not only increase their own personal wealth, but also
that of the king’s. This may seem a bit conniving because the king is coming out of it
with more money because 10% of a larger amount of total income will mean more money for
the king, but the monarch is, in actuality, making lives better for the people. “Now in
monarchy the private interest is the same with the public [interest]. The riches, power,
and honour of a monarch arise only from the riches, strength and reputation of his
subjects. For no king can be rich, nor glorious, nor secure, whose subjects are either
poor, or contemptible, or too weak (through want or dissension) to maintain a war against
their enemies, whereas in a democracy, or aristocracy, the public prosperity confers not
so much to the private fortune of one that is corrupt, or ambitious, as doth many times a
perfidious advice, a treacherous action, or a civil war” (Hobbes 120). The king or queen
decides everything for the good of the people. This has to be true, because if the people
are not well, the king will not be well. If the king was corrupt, he would only benefit
for a certain amount of time and his people would suffer. Eventually, he would suffer
along with them. Essentially, everyone’s lives are intertwined. Another example of why
Hobbes prefers monarchies instead of other forms of governments is ability of monarchies
to enact legislation without too much “gridlock”. In governments where there are
assemblies that are needed to make decisions, they can be inefficient and never reach an
agreement, case in point, our U.S. government. It is a model of inefficiency. For example,
when a bill is being made and it is approved by the House of Representatives it is passed
on to the Senate. If the Senate approves it, it is passed on to the President for
approval. If he signs it, it becomes a law. Now for what happens in reality: The House and
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