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Single Idea 19899

[catalogued under 25. Society / E. State Functions / 2. Taxation]

Full Idea

The legislative power must not raise taxes on the property of the people without the consent of the people given by themselves or their deputies.

Gist of Idea

The consent of the people is essential for any tax


John Locke (Second Treatise of Government [1690], 142)

A Reaction

He will be thinking of the resistance to Ship Money in the 1630s, which was a step towards civil war. The people of Boston, Ma, may have read this sentence 80 years later!

Book Reference

Locke,John: 'Two Treatises of Government' [Everyman 1988], p.189