I have reason to conclude that he who would get me into his power without my consent would use me as he pleased when he had got me there, and destroy me too when he had a fancy to it; for nobody can desire to have me in his absolute power unless it be to compel me by force to that which is against the right of my freedom — i.e. make me a slave.
Source: John Locke, Second Treatise on Government, Ch. 3, Of the State of War. Daily Dabble in the Classics is a Project of Steve Farrell and The Moral Liberal. Copyright © 2011 Steve Farrell.
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