Greek and Roman 500-400BC idea that the individual submit/sacrifice for common good
European Enlightenment 1600-1800 idea that individual needs and freedom matter.
Gov should work to protect ppl's natural rights
Gov is abusive if it restricts freedom of speech/press and endorses religion
Gov should reflect the will of the majority
Splitting power among groups prevents abuses.
Hamilton/Madison (Federalist Papers)
Combining all of the ideas above. Fed. Papers great for speech quotes.
America works because of enlightened self interest.