Friday, 28 April 2000

From "The Second Treatise of Civil Government"

By John Locke.

[...] for no body can transfer to another more power than he has in himself; and no body has an absolute arbitrary power over himself [...] or over any other, to destroy his own life, or take away the life or property of another [...]

Their power, in the utmost bounds of it, is limited to the public good of the society. It is a power, that hath no other end but preservation, and therefore can never [...] have a right to destroy, enslave, or designedly to impoverish the subjects. The obligations of the law of nature cease not in society, but only in many cases are drawn closer, and have by human laws known penalties annexed to them, to inforce their observation. Thus the law of nature stands as an eternal rule to all men, legislators as well as others.

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