"All men by nature are equal in that equal right that every man hath to his natural freedom, without being subjected to the will or authority of any other man; being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty or possessions."
John Locke
(1632-1704) English philosopher and political theorist
Second Treatise on Government (Chapter 2) 1698
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As us Libertarians say, do what you will as long as it doesn't harm another person.
 -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
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    We hold this truth to be self evident ! ! ! The occupying statist theocracy now infesting this land is intensely antithetical to Locke' here stated truth, the law, lawful principle(s) and, original Constitution intended limitations.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Locke's insistence that the individual possessed God-given rights of which no government could deprive him is echoed in the first paragraph of the Declaration Of Independence. The writings of Locke were widely considered by the founding fathers or America and they formed their new government.
     -- Robert L. Davis, Neboville TN     
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    The truth rings!
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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     -- jasboo, Antioch, CA      
     -- jasboo, Antioch, CA      
    I agree with Jim K and will add that each individual must face the consequences of his own choices.
     -- cal, Lewisville, Texas     
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    Universal, International, Natural law. Let every man, village, civil society, kingdom and nation take heed how they build upon that foundation. Philosophy and economics walk hand in hand, the hand that plunders their neighbor exposes their philosophy of contempt.
     -- Ronw13, Oregon     
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    Reality, rightly, elegantly and trenchantly rendered.
     -- Patrick Henry, Red Hill     
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    All are subjected to the will of nature of which all humankind are obligated to express. The very rarely expressed truth matters.
     -- Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown     
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