Ta ziemia należy do mnie

Część I - ta ziemia należy do mnie Część II - uzyskiwanie zgody od osób dorosłych

PART ONE:  THIS LAND IS MY LAND

The philosopher John Locke believes that individuals have certain rights so fundamental that no government can ever take them away.  These rights—to life, liberty and property—were given to us as human beings in the “the state of nature,” a time before government and laws were created.  According to Locke, our natural rights are governed by the law of nature, known by reason, which says that we can neither give them up nor take them away from anyone else.  Sandel wraps up the lecture by raising a question:  what happens to our natural rights once we enter society and consent to a system of laws?

PART TWO:  CONSENTING ADULTS

If we all have unalienable rights to life, liberty, and property, how can a government enforce tax laws passed by the representatives of a mere majority? Doesn’t that amount to taking some people’s property without their consent? Locke’s response is that we give our “tacit consent” to obey the tax laws passed by a majority when we choose to live in a society. Therefore, taxation is legitimate and compatible with individual rights, as long as it applies to everyone and does not arbitrarily single anyone out. 

Lista lektur:

John Locke, Second Treatise of Government (1690)

Powrót do: Sprawiedliwość - Justice

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