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In John Lockes Second Treatise of Government Locke discusses the process by which humanity comes to exit the state of nature and enter into a social contract to be governed Locke although he would prefer a representative form of government does concede that the social contractors can choose a form such as they shall think fit p111 as long as it is by majority decision The people entrust the authority to preserve his property that is his life his liberty and estate against the injuries and attempts of other men p 46 Locke additionally discusses the means by which the government can and should be dissolved but Locke seems to be making the case for the dissolution of government only as an appeasement to those who are unhappy with their current state not as he should as a realistic and correct means of improving ones standard of living Locke uses his view of the nature of human beings and that natures relationship to property which is the cornerstone of his argument to show the reader the process of dissolution Locke has faith in the inherent nature of humans both before and after they exit the state of nature and enter into the social contract To characterize mans nature in one word Locke may say that men are content Within the state of nature men are content with their own property as long as others do not use force to take it thereby entering state of war Once the people agree to enter into a social contract by which they delegate their protectorate power to a form of government chosen by majority rule they are once again content The people are content now that their property which really represents their life estate and liberty is now protected by another The reason why men enter into society is the preservation of their propertythat there may be laws made and rules set as guards and fences to the
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