Why Absolutism Is Absolutely Illegitimate

Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Dan Sanchez

“John Locke argued that all individuals have rights to person and property as well as the right to enforce those rights. According to Locke, individuals have these rights because of their human nature, not because of any government or prior social arrangement. When an individual reserves the right to enforce his rights against violation by other individuals, he is in what Locke calls a ‘state of nature’ in relation to those individuals. … according to Locke, in the state of nature, while people do have rights, those rights will tend to be subject to rampant violation. To better secure their rights, individuals can provisionally relinquish their ‘right to enforce their rights’ to a community.” (11/17/22)