Property rights or War

Carl cwsiv_2nd at HOTPOP.COM
Thu Jul 14 10:56:18 MDT 2005

"... whenever the Legislators endeavour to take away, and destroy the
Property of the People, or to reduce them to Slavery under Arbitrary
Power, they put themselves into a state of War with the People, who are
thereupon absolved from any farther Obedience ... [Power then] devolves
to the People, who have a Right to resume their original Liberty, and,
by the Establishment of a new Legislative (such as they shall think fit)
provide for their own Safety and Security, which is the end for which
they are in Society."
-- John Locke
(1632-1704) English philosopher and political theorist.
Source: Second Treatise of Civil Government [1690], #222 (Lasslet
Edition, Cambridge University Press, 1960), p. 460-461; French
translation by David Mazel (1691): Traité de gouvernement civil (Paris:
Garnier-Flammarion, 1984), pp. 348-349

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