Thought for the Day – August 4th, 2013

08-04

Locke, John. Two Treatises on Government. London, England. 1689. Book II, Chap 8, Section 112
SEE: http://bit.ly/16sywqe
SEE ALSO: http://books.google.com/books?id=K5UIAAAAQAAJ
SEE ALSO: http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/toc/modeng/public/LocTre2.html
WEB PRESENCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Locke
WEB PRESENCE: http://www.johnlocke.net/
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FULL QUOTE: “Thus we may see how probable it is that people that were naturally free, and, by their own consent, either submitted to the government of their father, or united together, out of different families, to make a government, should generally put the rule into one man’s hands, and choose to be under the conduct of a single person, without so much, as by express conditions, limiting or regulating his power, which they thought safe enough in his honesty and prudence; though they never dreamed of monarchy being jure Divino, which we never heard of among mankind till it was revealed to us by the divinity of this last age, nor ever allowed paternal power to have a right to dominion or to be the foundation of all government. And thus much may suffice to show that, as far as we have any light from history, we have reason to conclude that all peaceful beginnings of government have been laid in the consent of the people. I say ‘peaceful,’ because I shall have occasion, in another place, to speak of conquest, which some esteem a way of beginning of governments.”

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