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Two Treatises of Government Summary
John Locke

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Two Treatises of Government Summary

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Two Treatises of Government is the book in which John Locke explains his concept of modern liberalism. In this book he expresses his belief that the purpose of political societies is to defend the life, liberty and property of citizens of that society. The only source of authority for a government is from the people. When a government becomes tyrannical, then people have the right to stage a revolution against that government.

Locke was writing in response to events that were occurring around him. He had just returned to England from exile in France and was incensed at the treatment of the Whigs by Charles II, who ruled under the pretext of absolutism and the divine right of rulers. These are two of the doctrines that Locke was opposed to and set out to destroy with his writings. Locke himself had been labeled a seditious agent of the...

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