John Locke's State of Nature and State of War

On September 10, 2016, I finished blogging my way through John Stuart Mill's On Liberty. I wrote close to one blog post per paragraph of On Liberty every two weeks for more than three years (beginning January 27, 2013). Links for those posts are collected inJohn Stuart Mill’s Defense of Freedom.

Since then, I have been blogging my way through another classic on the logic of freedom: John Locke's 2d Treatise on Government: “On Civil Government.” Having blogged my way through chapters 1—3, it is time to collect the links to those posts. There are many more John Locke posts to come, from Chapters 4—19. 

I have learned a lot from writing these posts. I hope you learn some interesting ideas from reading them.  

Chapter I. The Introduction

  1. John Locke Looks for a Better Way than Believing in the Divine Right of Kings or Power to the Strong

  2. John Locke on Legitimate Political Power

Chapter II. Of the State of Nature

  1. On Consent Beginning from a Free and Equal Condition

  2. John Locke on the Equality of Humans

  3. The Religious Dimension of the Lockean Law of Nature

  4. Vigilantes in the State of Nature

  5. John Locke on Punishment

  6. John Locke: The Right to Enforce the Law of Nature Does Not Depend on Any Social Contract

  7. Reparation and Deterrence

  8. John Locke: Theft as the Little Murder

  9. John Locke: Law Is Only Legitimate When It Is Founded on the Law of Nature

  10. John Locke: People Must Not Be Judges in Their Own Cases

  11. John Locke: Foreign Affairs Are Still in the State of Nature

  12. Human Beings as Social—and Trading—Animals

Chapter III. Of the State of War

  1. John Locke: Lions and Wolves and Enemies, Oh My

  2. Breaking the Chains

  3. On Theft

  4. John Locke: When the Police and Courts Can't or Won't Take Care of Things, People Have the Right to Take the Law Into Their Own Hands

  5. If the Justice System Does Not Try to Deliver Justice, We Are in a State of War

  6. John Locke on the Mandate of Heaven

In addition to the posts above traversing the Second Treatise in order, I have one earlier post based on John Locke's Second Treatise:

John Locke: Revolutions are Always Motivated by Misrule as Well as Procedural Violations

Update: Links to posts on later chapters can be found in these aggregator posts:

Posts on Chapters IV-V:  On the Achilles Heel of John Locke's Second Treatise: Slavery and Land Ownership

Posts on Chapters VI-VII : John Locke Against Natural Hierarchy

Posts on Chapters VIII-XI:  John Locke's Argument for Limited Government