Essay on Second Treatise of Civil Government

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Second Treatise of Civil Government The perfect state of a man is the state to do whatever he wants, without permission. Every man is created equal, unless shown inevitably by God. Everyone has the liberty to do what they want without bringing harm to another. No one man has the right to rob another of his freedom or liberty, except to bring justice to an offender. Justice should be limited, an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. The obvious reason to give up some of this freedom would be to protect from those who would infringe upon it. To ensure this there are three steps: establish a set, known, law, for deciding controversies, setting up impartial judges to rule these controversies, and the power to carry out the sentence to inforce the judge’s ruling. There would be no need for this if not for corrupt men. In a perfect world, with no need for society, men would have two powers, to do whatever is necessary for the preservation of himself and others, and to punish the crimes committed against that law. These powers are given up upon the joining of society. The reason people enter a society is for the joy of their property, in peace and safety. The first law created in a society would be to create a legislative to create laws to govern themselves and the society; no one has the right to override these laws. The laws are to apply to, equally to rich and poor. They are to be for the good of the people. They must not raise taxes on the property without the consent of…