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Single Idea 19885

[catalogued under 25. Society / B. The State / 5. Leaders / b. Monarchy]

Full Idea

Absolute monarchy, which by some men is counted for the only government in the world, is inconsistent with civil society, and so can be no form of civil government at all.

Gist of Idea

Absolute monarchy is inconsistent with civil society

Source

John Locke (Second Treatise of Government [1690], 090)

A Reaction

This is because citizens do not have a 'decisive' power to appeal for redress of injuries. Rousseau thought that there could be an absolute monarchy, as long as the general will agreed it, and its term of office could be brought to an end by the assembly.

Book Reference

Locke,John: 'Two Treatises of Government' [Everyman 1988], p.160