“The state of nature has a law of nature to govern it which obliges every one; and reason, which is that law, teaches all mankind who will but consult it that, being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, or possessions.”
--John Locke “Of Civil Government”
This idea about people having "certain unalienable rights" (US Declaration of Independence) fueled great changes throughout the world, especially the French and American Revolutions. Just watch the videos below to get a quick idea of the influence this one idea had on these two nations:
But it doesn't stop there. The Internet and Protocols have brought these ideas of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to the forefront again. Kristen Cardon wrote a great post about the effect the internet has had on the world, which made me begin to wonder just what kind of effect the internet will continue to have on the world in the future, and if it will change the ways governments are run around the world.
Ramtin Hajimonshi posted views on how the internet is effecting the world, and does a wonderful job speaking about dialog on the internet, and how we can speak with those from all over the world. The internet is spreading ideas like wildfire, and as we have seen from history, ideas change the world. What do you think will happen?