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Single Idea 19900

[catalogued under 25. Society / B. The State / 6. Government / c. Executive]

Full Idea

It may be too great temptation to human frailty, apt to grasp at power, for the same persons to have the power of making laws to also have in their hands the power to execute them, whereby they may exempt themselves.

Gist of Idea

The executive must not be the legislature, or they may exempt themselves from laws


John Locke (Second Treatise of Government [1690], 143)

A Reaction

The main principles of modern constitutions are devised to avoid corruption. If people were incorruptible (yeah, right) the world would presumably be run very differently, and rather more efficiently, like a good family.

Book Reference

Locke,John: 'Two Treatises of Government' [Everyman 1988], p.190