In this chapter, I address Locke’s view about why individuals are obligated to abide by the legislation that is enacted by government as long as those enactments accord with the purpose that Locke sets forth for governments, viz., to better articulate and enforce their rights of life, liberty, and property.

The “Two Treatises of Government” (1690) offered political theories developed and refined by Locke during his years at Shaftesbury’s side. But Locke is here using the word ‘property’ in a very broad sense, to mean, in effect, whatever is proper to a person. Locke therefore believed liberty should be far-reaching. Property also referred to ownership of one's self, which included a … XI, 360). For Locke, it is “obvious” that legitimate property exists before the state, yet “the Enjoyment of it is very uncertain” (Second Treatise, Ch. Locke sees “the preservation of Property being the end of Government”; that goal provides the impetus that drives men to join together and enter society (Second Treatise, Ch. The legacy of John Locke is that property rights are the basis of human freedom. “Being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, or possessions.” ― John Locke, Second Treatise of Government. 94), which at first seems to support Macpherson’s reading. IX, 350). Locke saw ownership of property as fundamental to a good government and society and believed that all citizens had a right, if they had the means, to acquire and own property.

It’s true that Locke writes “Government has no other end but the preservation of property” (Ibid., sec. George Stephens, an adjunct scholar with the Locke Foundation, is a private economics and real estate consultant in Raleigh. By "property," Locke meant more than land and goods that could be sold, given away, or even confiscated by the government under certain circumstances. John Locke’s Views on Government.

tags: equality , independence , liberty , of-the-state-of-nature. From the outset, Locke openly declared the remarkable theme of his political theory: in order to preserve the public good, the central function of government must be the protection of private property. John Locke, one of the early proponents of social contract theory, naturally held a strong influence over the developers of the Constitution. Government-Owned Property: Government property consists of assets owned by federal, state or local governments. Government exists to protect them.