Essay on John Locke And The Second Treatise Of Civil Government

1390 Words Oct 6th, 2016 6 Pages
In December of 1689, John Locke published the Second Treatise of Civil Government. Locke argued for equality amongst man and introduced the concept of natural rights as the fundamental argument in favor of equality. The concept of equality was widely contested amongst society because of the continued abuse of power by the few individuals in control. John Locke established that man must be free from outside rule to execute their natural rights and all men are governed and ruled by the laws of nature. John Locke states that a man’s natural condition is the state of conformity. Men are created equal and have natural rights that they are free to exercise as they please. When individuals begin to want to join other societies, they will then need to submit to the authority, rules, and regulations of others. Without a set of rules and regulations, man cannot truly be free and have his liberty. Man must abide by certain regulations if he should choose to have a balanced government. In Locke 's first treaties of government, he stated that neither nature nor God chose who inherits the power. He then goes on to support his belief by revealing these next four things. One, that Adam did not have, whether by natural right as a father or through a positive gift from God, any such authority over his children or over the world as has been claimed. Two, that even if he had such authority, his heirs would not be entitled to the same right. Third, that if the right were to be passed on…

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