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Excerpt from John Locke’s "Second Treatise of Government"

John Locke"If man in the state of nature be so free, as has been said; if he be absolute Lord of his own person and possessions, equal to the greatest and subject to no body, why will he part with his freedom?  Why will he give up this empire, and subject himself to the dominion and control of any other power?  To which 'tis obvious to answer, that though in the state of nature he hath such a right, yet the enjoyment of it is very uncertain, and constantly exposed to the invasion of others.  For all being Kings as much as he, every man his equal and the greater part no strict observers of equity and justice, the enjoyment of the property he has in this state, is very unsafe, very insecure.  This makes him willing to quit this condition, which however free, is full of fears and continual dangers; And 'tis not without reason, that he seeks out, and is willing to join in society with others, who are already united, or have a mind to unite, for the mutual preservation of their lives, liberties and estates . . ."