We are Free: V


“For when any number of men have, by the consent of every individual, made a community, they have thereby made that community one body, with a power to act as one body, which is only by the will and determination of the majority: for that which acts any community, being only the consent of the individuals of it, and it being necessary to that which is one body to move one way; it is necessary the body should move that way whither the greater force carries it, which is the consent of the majority: or else it is impossible it should act or continue one body, one community, which the consent of every individual that united into it, agreed that it should; and so every one is bound by that consent to be concluded by the majority.

“And thus that, which begins and actually constitutes any political society, is nothing but the consent of any number of freemen capable of a majority to unite and incorporate into such a society. And this is that, and that only, which did, or could give beginning to any lawful government in the world.”

Second Treatise of Government by John Locke



5 responses to “We are Free: V”

  1. Unfortunately, we’ve mostly handed education to a single ideological and political persuasion. And that group has debased our education system at every turn. Using the system as a means to enrich themselves while depriving the youth of the education that we and they have paid for. That’s why I believe young people do not understand complex problems and only seem to spout one school of thought.

    1. No argument. There are reasons I am glad I was homeschooled and that I have been handed the opportunity to homeschool my son.

      But that does not mean I am giving up the fight. I can and will use my words, and my little platform, to provoke thought and keep the idea of freedom alive.

  2. I have been thinking about Locke. Going to have to go back and dig out my copy.

    1. I realized I had only read excerpts, and they are free on Amazon!

  3. One of the reasons I sub at a public school is to encourage the regular teachers to expose kids to truth and interject a bit of radical conservative/libertarian thought myself.
    The conversations in the lunch room are not typical of what I hear about other schools… not much Social Justice
    OTOH, this is a school where the cheerleaders are in deer camp the first week of the season and come back with pictures of their harvest to brag about