Locke - Locke's Second Treatise by far is the more...

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Locke's Second Treatise, by far, is the more influential work. In it, he set forth his theory  of natural law and natural right; in it, he shows that there does exist a rational purpose to  government and one need not rely on "myth, mysticism, and mystery." Against  anarchy Locke saw his job as one who must defend government as an institution. Locke's object  was to insist not only that the public welfare was the test of good government and the  basis for properly imposing obligations on the citizens of a country; but, also, that the  public welfare made government necessary. John Locke's Second Treatise of Government 1. Organization: The paper topics for the first paper will be given out at the end of class  on Wednesday (Oct 9th). The paper will then be due the following Thursday, (October  17th). 2. Some Brief Thoughts on ‘Equality’ and ‘Liberty’ in Libertarianism: When thinking back on the material from the Friedmans, Nozick and Hayek, stating the  Libertarian viewpoint, one very useful thing to do is to keep in mind how they use the  terms ‘liberty’ and ‘equality’. These are two of the most important ideas in modern  political debates, and we’ll be looking at how many other writers deal with them during  the following weeks of the course.
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