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Single Idea 19894

[catalogued under 25. Society / B. The State / 4. Citizenship]

Full Idea

Nothing can make any man a subject or member of a commonwealth but his actually entering into it by positive engagement, and express promise and compact.

Gist of Idea

You can only become an actual member of a commonwealth by an express promise


John Locke (Second Treatise of Government [1690], 122)

A Reaction

In practice the indigenous population never do this. But it a clear distinction for foreign residents in any country. States cannot induct resident foreigners into their army, or allow them to vote.

Book Reference

Locke,John: 'Two Treatises of Government' [Everyman 1988], p.179

Related Idea

Idea 19893 Anyone who enjoys the benefits of a state has given tacit consent to be part of it [Locke]