John Locke’s Absolute/Arbitrary Power Dilemma

And thus, in the state of nature, one man comes by a power over another; but yet no absolute or arbitrary power, to use a criminal, when he has got him in his hands, according to the passionate heats, or boundless extravagancy of his own will; but only to retribute to him, so far as calm reason and conscience dictates, what is proportionate to his transgression, which is so much as may serve for reparation and restraint: for these two lawfully do harm to another, which is that we call punishment. John Locke, True End of Civil Government Considering that … Continue reading John Locke’s Absolute/Arbitrary Power Dilemma