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Friday, February 10, 2017

Hobbes vs. Locke


All differences of political opinion boil down to the differences in the philosophies of Hobbes and Locke.

Hobbes believed we're at war with one another, all the time, “every man against every man.” We need government to keep us from killing each other over property. Without it, life would be "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short.”

Locke believed we want to live in peace with one another, all the time, and are governed by "natural law." We don't annihilate each other because self-preservation is basic to natural law. We need government only to act as a referee when we disagree over property.

Hobbes advocated for absolute monarchy; Locke, for representative democracy.

How about you?

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