Aimee Duran Ruiz Law and Power Structure

1. It having been shown in the foregoing discourse:

Firstly. That Adam had not, either by natural right of fatherhood or by positive donation from God, any such authority over his children, nor dominion over the world, as is pretended. 

I chose Locke’s section of political power because I was struggling to begin Locke’s passage as a whole. It was a reading that I saw myself reading and rereading over and over again without getting the gist of what he was trying to say. I wanted to skip over it, but I would tell myself that if I could not understand the beginning, I could not understand the rest of the reading. I reached out to my classmates and Professor Quillen’s notes. After hearing the different understandings and reading the notes, I was able to get some of the points that Locke was trying to convey to the readers. I think Locke is saying that Adam did not get the power from God and that there is no divine right. He says this to convey the notion that there are different types of power relating back to the idea of power structures. The power structures that Locke mentions are the ones that masters have over slaves, father’s over their families, and king’s over kingdoms. Relating back to the lecture we had on liberalism, power is like no other power, there are certain authorities “ruling” so that the power available to each individual is not being misused.

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