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one, who being in the unrestrained state of nature, is yet corrupted with flattery, and armed with power,
y to 8. 92. For he that thinks absolute power purifies men's blood, and corrects the baseness of human nature, need read but the history of this, or any other age, to be convinced of the contrary. He that would have been insolent and injurious in the woods of America, would not probably be much better in a throne; where perhaps learning and religion shall be found out to justify all that he shall do to his subjects, and the sword presently silence all those that dare question it: for what the protection of absolute monarchy is, what kind of fathers of their countries it makes princes to be, and to what a degree of happiness and security it carries civil fociety, where this sort of government is grown to perfection, he that will look into the late relation of Ceylon, may easily fee.
In absolute monarchies indeed, as well as other governments of the world, the subjects have an appeal to the law, and judges to decide any controversies, and restrain any violence that may happen betwixt the subjects themselves, one amongst another. This every one thinks necessary, and believes he deserves to be thought a declared enemy to society and mankind, who should go about to take it away. But whether this be from a true love of mankind and society, and such a charity as
we owe all one to another, there is reason to doubt : for this is no more than what every man, who loves his own power, profit, or greatness, may and naturally must do, keep those animals from hurting, or destroying one another, who labour and drudge only for his pleasure and advantage ; and fo are taken care of, not out of any love the master has for them, but love of himself, and the profit they bring him : for if it be afked, what security, what fence is there, in such a state, against the violence and opprefion of this absolute ruler? the very question can scarce be borne. They are ready to tell you, that it deserves death only to ask after safety. Betwixt subject and subject, they will grant, there must be meafures, laws and judges, for their mutual peace and security: but as for the ruler, he ought to be absolute, and is above all such circumstances; because he has power to do more hurt and wrong, it is right when he does it. To ask how you may be guarded from harm, or injury, on that fide where the strongest hand is to do it, is presently the voice of faction and rebellion : as if when men quitting the state of nature entered into society, they agreed that all of them but one, should be under the restraint of laws, but that he should still retain all the liberty of the state of nature, increased with power, and made licentious by impunity. This is to think, that men are lo foolish, that they take care to avoid what mil3
chiefs may be done them by pole-cats, or foxes; but are content, nay, think it safety, to be devoured by lions. This
. 94. But whatever flatterers may talk to amuse people's understandings, it hinders not men from feelings and when they perceive, that any man, in what station foever, is out of the bounds of the civil society which they are of, and that they have no appeal on earth against any harm, they may receive from him, they are apt to think themselves in the state of nature, in respect of him whom they find to be fo; and to take care, as soon as they can, to have that safety and security in civil society, for which it was first instituted, and for which only they entered into it. And therefore, though perhaps at first, (as shall be shewed more at large hereafter in the following part of this discourse) some one good and excellent man having got a pre-eminency amongst the test, had this deference paid to his goodness and virtue, as to a kind of natural authority, that the chief rule, with arbitration of their
differences, by a tacit consent devolved into his hands, without any other caution, but the affurance they had of his uprightness and wisdom; yet when time, giving authority, and (as fome men would persuade us) sacredness of customs, which the negligent, and unforefeeing innocence of the first ages began, had brought in fucceffors of another stamp, the people finding their properties not secure under uiritto T 3
the government,' as then it was, (whereas government has no other end but the preser= vation of * property). could never be safe nor at rest, nor think themselves in civil society, till the legislature was placed in collective bodies of men, call them senaté, parliament, or what you please. By which means every single person became subject, equally with other the meanest men, to those laws, which he himself, as part of the legislative, had established; nor could any one, by his own authority, avoid the force of the law, when once made; nor by any pretence of fuperiority plead exemption, thereby to license his own, or the miscarriages of any of his dependents. No man in civil society can be exempted from the laws of it: for if any man may do what he thinks fit, and there be no appeal on earth, for redress or security against any harm he shall ido; I aik, whether he be not perfectly still in the
* At the first, when fome certain kind of regiment was once appointed, it may be that nothing was then farther thought upon for the manner of governing, but all permitted Canto their wisdom and discretion, which were to rule, till by experience they found this for all parts very inconvenient, so as the thing which they had devised for a remedy, did indeed but increase the fore, which it should have cured, They faw, that to live by one man's will, became the cause of all men's misery, This constrained them to come unto laws, wherein all men might see their duty beforehand, and know the penalties of tranfgreffing them. Hooker's Eccl. Pol. I. i. feel. 10.
+ Civil law being the act of the whole body politic, doth therefore over-rule each several part of the fame body. Hookery fbid.
state of nature, and so can be no part or memy ber of that civil society + unless any one will fay, the state of nature and civil society are one and the same thing, which I have never yet found any one fo great a patron of anarchy as to affirm so
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EN being, as has been said, by
nature, all free, equal, and independent, no one can be put out of this estate, and subjected to the political power of another, without his own consent. The only way whereby any one divests himself' of his natural liberty, and puts on the bonds of civil Society, is by agreeing with other men to join and unite into a community, for their comfortable, safe, and peaceable living one amongst another, in a secure enjoyment of their properties, and a greater security against any, that are not of it. This any number of men may do, because it injures not the freedom of the rest; they are left as they were in the liberty of the state of nature. When any number of men have lo consented to make one community or government, they are thereby presently incorporated, and make one body politic, wherein the majority have a right to act and conclude the rest.