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Political Thought Questions
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POLITICAL THOUGHT QUESTIONS 2
Political Thought Questions
Question One:
Herzen is an exceptional political thinker due to his admiration for the French Revolution and the
zeal to adopt its values. He started as a liberal but later on adopted socialism including the ideas
of westernized Vissarion Belinsky following his death. Besides combining key ideas of the
German idealism and French Revolution, Herzen also sought authenticity among the peasantry
and disliked middle-class values (Korab-Karpowicz, 2015). Herzen fought for the emancipation
of the Russian serfs. His primary desire was to foster equality in all aspects of resource
allocation. Notably, the suppression of the peasants was widespread and Herzen advocated for
socialism to ensure that everyone regardless of class or status was successfully accepted into
society. He ensured an escalation of his demands regarding constitutional rights, government by
the people, and common ownership of land. Herzen contested concerns that appeared to hinder
the vulnerable from expressing their views and the acknowledgment in society. While hypocrisy
was rampant in that era, Herzin was keen to revolutionize any form of oppression and prejudice.
Besides, Herzen fought against Christian hypocrisy, ruling elites in Europe, and fought for self-
expression, and individual freedom. Herzen was a strong advocate of Christian values and
maintained his faith and belief in the teachings. He exemplified these teachings in how he lived
his life and interacted with other people. Freedom was at the core of his struggles, as he felt
people had their rights infringed and not given the attention they command.
The first principles of his political philosophy included atheism and doubt. God’s nonexistence
became Herzen’s first principle, which was contributed by the number of events that he attended.
For example, in 1842 his friend Passek died, an aspect that brought him great misery. In the same
year, his child died as well, which compelled him to question God about all these incidents
(Korab-Karpowicz, 2015). Herzen’s eldest son became suddenly sick and his doubts on God’s
existence extended even further. In 1846, Herzen immigrated to Europe with great hopes for the
1848 Revolution but events became contrary to his anticipations.
Herzen’s advice reflects on his passion for humanity and efforts to eliminate fear whenever it is
compromised. As such, people should be prepared to encounter threats but that should not make
them lose direction or focus. Further, Herzen sought to inculcate societal values that would
dictate how they relate and work. He became firm in his belief that equality and acceptance of
everyone are acknowledged. Herzen was not afraid of having an experience in exile since he
aimed to ensure the continued fight for a revolution (Korab-Karpowicz, 2015). The major aspect,
in this case, was to foster moderation in how people perceive punitive measures related to
supporting what the majority is against. He believed that such measures helped streamline a
nation’s approach to initiating the acceptable change for its citizens. Herzen was at the forefront
of justice in all affairs so that none feels oppressed. Herzen advises people to always stand for
what they believe is right alongside a commitment to Christian values.
Question Two:
Democracy exemplifies the values of people’s freedoms and rights. Tocqueville’s description of
democracy is centered on allowing people the freedom to express their ideas and values. In so
doing, the government does not interfere with its rights. Democracy elucidates the essential
aspects of the Constitution through which people are guaranteed the desirable freedom (Levin,
2016). Freedom is a notable constitutional concern among nations and it is not in the leader’s or
rather government’s jurisdiction to suppress such values. People are aware of their rights and the
boundaries with which they can pursue desirable values. Tocqueville advocates for a free society

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Running head: POLITICAL THOUGHT QUESTIONS 1 Political Thought Questions Student’s Name Institutional Affiliation Date POLITICAL THOUGHT QUESTIONS 2 Political Thought Questions Question One: Herzen is an exceptional political thinker due to his admiration for the French Revolution and the zeal to adopt its values. He started as a liberal but later on adopted socialism including the ideas of westernized Vissarion Belinsky following his death. Besides combining key ideas of the German idealism and French Revolution, Herzen also sought authenticity among the peasantry and disliked middle-class values (Korab-Karpowicz, 2015). Herzen fought for the emancipation of the Russian serfs. His primary desire was to foster equality in all aspects of resource allocation. Notably, the suppression of the peasants was widespread and Herzen advocated for socialism to ensure that everyone regardless of class or status was successfully accepted into society. He ensured an escalation of his demands regarding constitutional rights, government by the people, and common ownership of land. Herzen contested concerns that appeared to hinder the vulnerable from expressing their views and the acknowledgm ...
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