Two Treatises of Government - Chapters 16- 19, pp. 205 - 240 Summary & Analysis

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Chapters 16- 19, pp. 205 - 240 Summary and Analysis

Governments are based on consent of the people that are governed. During war, this consent may be more or less discarded. Lands are taken during wars without the consent of the people. Conquest is not one of the originals of government, according to Locke. Destroying the old framework allows for the building of a new framework, but this cannot be done without the consent of the people. When lands are taken by force, as in a war, the new ruler never has a right over the people because of the lack of consent.

A war should leave men with the same amount of freedom as they had before the war. They should not be slaves due to conquest. The conqueror does not have a right to the possession of the people. "Let the conqueror have...

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