Posted by: Democratic Thinker | August 28, 2009

August 29, 1632—John Locke’s Birthday

Toast John Locke on his birthday, Saturday.


By: JOHN LOCKE
1632-1704

AN ESSAY CONCERNING THE TRUE ORIGINAL, EXTENT AND END OF CIVIL GOVERNMENT

Chapter 1
Of Political Power

1. It having been shown in the foregoing discourse:*

Firstly. That Adam had not, either by natural right of fatherhood or by positive donation from God, any such authority over his children, nor dominion over the world, as is pretended.

Secondly. That if he had, his heirs yet had no right to it.

Thirdly. That if his heirs had, there being no law of Nature nor positive law of God that determines which is the right heir in all cases that may arise, the right of succession, and consequently of bearing rule, could not have been certainly determined.

(Continued at Washington, Jefferson & Madison Institute)


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