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The Ends of Government, Part 11 to the Life & Works of
John Locke

For people to quit to government their natural rights and to give to government "absolute arbitrary power" is, indeed, a very dangerous step; but, take it they do, so that the ends of society might be met. The ends to be met are to better "secure their peace and quiet" and to see that the "lives, liberties, and fortunes" of all citizens, under stated rules (law), might be better protected.
"It cannot be supposed that they should intend, had they a power so to do, to give any one or more an absolute arbitrary power over their persons and estates, and put a force into the magistrate's hand to execute his unlimited will arbitrarily upon them; this were to put themselves into a worse condition than the state of Nature, wherein they had a liberty to defend their right against the injuries of others, and were upon equal terms of force to maintain it, whether invaded by a single man or many in combination. Whereas by supposing they have given up themselves to the absolute arbitrary power and will of a legislator, they have disarmed themselves, and armed him to make a prey of them when he pleases..." (Locke.)


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