Analysis Of John Locke's Views From The Second Treatise Of Government

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John Locke’s views from the Second Treatise of Government In the Second Treatise of Government, John Locke expressed many of his own views on the relation of the individual to society and more specifically the rights one has in society and the responsibilities these rights come with. First, he explains the right of ontological equality. Each person has the right and ability to execute natural law at will: “the equality of men by nature (Locke 147). In this, while all men possess the right to punish a crime against them, they also are burdened with the responsibility of doing so in order to ensure it to not happen again. “To the offender, give him cause to repent, and terrify others from doing the like” (Locke 150). He next addresses rights …show more content…
He describes the earth belonging to all and the individual has the right to make things their own personal property by acquiring it without greed using “the labour of his body, and the work of his hands” (Locke 156). He begins addressing the motivation behind joining society, claiming that by joining a society you are making the decision to “submit to the majority” and follow the rules and regulations of that society; “with a power to act as one body, which is only by the will and determination of the majority” (Locke 168). He reminds us that all political societies originate only from the consent of the people and is only backed by the power of the people. By joining a society, one is subjected to established law, indifferent judgment, and power to back and support sentencing, giving compliance in order to gain protection. One has the responsibility to abide by the ways of the society that they have agreed to by joining: “he gives [this] up to be regulated by laws made by that society” (Locke …show more content…
When choosing to join the society, of America in this case, the individual is agreeing to abide by the laws and regulations of this society. If the government decides to enforce a law, it is one’s responsibility to abide by it; “by consenting with others to make one body politic under one government, puts himself under an obligation… to submit to the determination of the majority” (Locke 168). An individual chooses to give up some liberties in exchange of joining the society and thus in our case, must comply with the

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