John Locke: Freedom of Men Under Government

Daily Dabble in the Classics, John Locke

Freedom of men under government is to have a standing rule to live by, common to every one of that society, and made by the legislative power erected in it. A liberty to follow my own will in all things where that rule prescribes not, not to be subject to the inconstant, uncertain, unknown, arbitrary will of another man, as freedom of nature is to be under no other restraint but the law of Nature.


Source: John Locke, Two Treatises of Civil Government, II, 4.


Daily Dabble in the Classics is a project of Steve Farrell and The Moral Liberal.


The Moral Liberal recommends: Locke: Political Essays (Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought)