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The end of government is preserving private property

An important reminder, keep in mind that the author is referring to a man, as in an individual or family man:

“…the supreme power cannot take from any man any part of his property without his own consent. For the preservation of property being the end of government, and that for which men enter into society, it necessarily supposes and requires that the people should have property, without which they must be supposed to lose that by entering into society which was the end for which they entered into it; too gross an absurdity for any man to own. Men, therefore, in society having property, they have such a right to the goods, which by the law of the community are theirs, that nobody hath a right to take them, or any part of them, from them without their own consent; without this they have no property at all.”

-John Locke

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One Response

  1. It is true that it is the government’s obligation to protect the right of every man to his property. No one should be allowed by government to take the property of another man neither should the government take a man’s property.

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