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Notes and Reflections on Books and Media

by Hannah Leitheiser

Outside Civil Society


Two Treatises of Government

John Locke




"State of Nature:
A state of perfect freedom to order actions, and dispose possessions and persons as people think fit, within the bounds of the law of Nature. A state of equality where all power and jurisdiction is reciprocal.

The law of Nature obliges everyone to not harm another in his life, health, liberty or possessions;
[except] whereby every one has a right to punish the transgressors of that law, so far as calm reason and conscience dictate, what is proportionate to his transgression and serves for reparation and restraint.

State of War:
Declaring a sedate, settled design upon another man’s life puts him in a state of war. He who attempts to get another man into his absolute power does thereby put himself into a state of war.

One may destroy a man who makes war upon him." [Pretty Heavily Edited] - John Locke, Two Treatises of Government (1689)