A Brief Analysis Of Fatherly Rule And Being Under A Captain General

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In accordance with Locke’s belief in the Law of Nature, no individual can be forced to do something they do not want to agree to. This applies to living in a political society, and making sure a government does not violate individual rights. According to Locke consent is the basis of political power, due to this the government is meant to serve the people and the people are not meant to serve the government. If a government practices laws that are not consensual with the people, then this can lead to uprisings and the inability to live in a peaceful environment. In order to better understand the importance of consent in political power the following will be discussed. First, one must understand how and why an individual agrees to live under a certain government or political society. Second, a brief analysis of fatherly rule and being under a captain general and how both of these forms of power are consensual. The third and final point will be an explanation on how consent creates a limited government, even in cases similar to being under fatherly rule and captain general. John Locke believed all individuals to naturally be free, equal, and independent (Locke, Second Treatise of Government 52). He believed that no individual could have his property removed from him and be under a political rule that was not agreed on (52). In order to live in a safe environment where one’s property and wellbeing are protected, one must agree to live in a community with other people; being

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