Essay on How Does One Seek Protection From Political Domination?

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How does one seek protection from political domination? Can one be free from oppressive power? This is a crucial question that has been around for a thousand of years and John Locke, an English philosopher claimed that he has the answer to this particular question. In Second Treatise of Government, Locke claimed that in order for the people to protect themselves against political domination to secure their natural rights and property, they can choose to come together and form a civil society.
One of the solutions that Locke proposed is the formation of a representative government. In the Second Treatise of Government, Locke’s theory of property stated that “every man has a property in his own person” (19). Locke believes that every man is his own person, and his labor is his own. This concept explained the emphasis placed by Locke on the importance of the properties of individuals and the need of protection for it. He argues that a representative government will be able to ensure the security of the rights and the property of the people. Locke claimed “The only way whereby anyone divests himself of his natural liberty, and put on the bonds of civil society, is by agreeing with other men to join and unite into a community, for their comfortable, safe, and peaceable living one amongst another, in a secure enjoyment of their properties, and a greater security against any, that are not of it” (52). Locke stated that if a man does not want to join a civil society, he is not…

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