Locke & Rasquo's Enlightenment And Civil Rights

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Locke’s Enlightenment and Civil and Political Rights is a Treatise of the beliefs of natural law and universal order which expresses his opinion finds, and progression of a material world but which also gives an scientific approach to political and social issues. In his reading Locke defends the proposition that government rest on popular consent and rebellion is permissible when government subverts the ends the protection of life, liberty, and property for which it is established. One of Locke’s main defenses is through the existence of God. According to Locke God has given nature to mankind in common, therefore if nature is given to mankind in common how the origin of property emerges. Why he includes a chapter…show more content…
For one reason owning private property breaks down the state of equity where no one person as more than another. And if mankind has a right to their own preservation do they need the consent of every man in order to appropriate, can he not enclose property without the consent of his fellow commoners. But when God gave man reason to make to make use of nature to the best advantages of life and convenience that made reason for the use and need of private property, therefore not needing the consent of his fellow commoners. If humans fail to use nature to the best advantage we as humans are committing a sin. Even if the state of equity is broken down it is up to each individual to inquire what he needs it is not up to all of mankind to provide for each other. Mankind can appropriate property or the things they need to survive are through the use of labor and the work of his hands. Even though the earth and all therein is given to men in common, man must take the fruit of nature out of it current state through the use of labor to be of any use and by this man has taken ownership of what he has inquired. Therefore, no person or persons has the right…show more content…
All of these questions needed to be answered and the only logical way to resolve these issues was through government. The execution of government and such laws was in the best interest of the commonwealth for the public good. This is the main connection between property and the need for public government because without government who would preserve and protect these interest. Locke recognized the danger of leaving absolute power to any one individual, or group of individuals. Locke thought that the government’s power was best limited by dividing it up into branches, with each branch having only as much power as is needed for its proper function. This way no one branch has too much authority. This also increased the protection and preservation of mankind’s private property. In conclusion Locke's work he explains that the concepts of government power cannot possibly be absolutely arbitrary over the lives and fortunes of the people. He also states that it was the joint power of every member of the society. The power of the government halts no other end but preservation, and therefore, can never have a right to destroy, enslave, or designedly to impoverish its

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