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John Locke: Natural Rights to Life, Liberty, and Property

John Locke: Natural Rights to Life, Liberty, and Property
Locke's Writings Did Much to Inspire the American Revolution
AUGUST 01, 1996 by JIM POWELL

A number of times throughout history, tyranny has stimulated breakthrough thinking about liberty. This was certainly the case in England with the mid-seventeenth-century era of repression, rebellion, and civil war. There was a tremendous outpouring of political pamphlets and tracts. By far the most influential writings emerged from the pen of scholar John Locke.

He expressed the radical view that government is morally obliged to serve people, namely by protecting life, liberty, and property. He explained the principle of checks and balances to limit government power. He favored representative government and a rule of law. He denounced tyranny. He insisted that when government violates individual rights, people may legitimately rebel.

These views were most fully developed in Locke’s famous Second Treatise Concerning Civil Government, and they were so radical that he never dared sign his name to it. He acknowledged authorship only in his will. Locke’s writings did much to inspire the libertarian ideals of the American Revolution. This, in turn, set an example which inspired people throughout Europe, Latin America, and Asia.

Thomas Jefferson ranked Locke, along with Locke’s compatriot Algernon Sidney, as the most important thinkers on liberty. Locke helped inspire Thomas Paine’s radical ideas about revolution. Locke fired up George Mason. From Locke, James Madison drew his most fundamental principles of liberty and government. Locke’s writings were part of Benjamin Franklin’s self-education, and John Adams believed that both girls and boys should learn about Locke. The French philosopher Voltaire called Locke “the man of the greatest wisdom. What he has not seen clearly, I despair of ever seeing.”

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Locke failed to find clarity in Law

Some of his concepts may have been "influential" but he failed to to completely understand Law and has been a plague on our existence due to his failure being promulgated in our law schools.

Locke presupposes that one gives up rights to live in a society in exchange for protection of law. Locke failed because their was no need in law to give up any rights to live in a society. Nature exists within society and protections can be contracted as needed IF everyone recognizes the equal rights of another and always presumes innocence until guilt of causing injury has been proven beyond all reasonable doubt. Locke is promoted in our law schools as form of intellectual ineptitude by those who cannot find the non-conflicting path through their own study of law because lack the attention and the wherewithal to even understanding what the word Law actually means. Locke is the first distraction for "law schools" into the concept of giving up rights to live in a society. The conflicts in Law start with Locke and all other aspects of "law" taught by these "law schools" are built on confusion from this root experiential neural net embedded in the minds of the pupils who then build layers of confusion that then form into ego that ultimately must be protected by the man claiming such ego.

Lysander Spooner has the most consistent and knowledgeable interpretation of law I have ever seen anywhere and Spooner's understanding is much more articulate, consistent and precise in the application of law. Spooner's Logic is flawless where Locke's is pretty much a fluffy opinion of British control freak nanny stater bureaucrat of who's Government American's had to destroy because of their tyranny upon free people.

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