The Modern Secular State: Locke Repudiated

John Locke: Philosopher of American Liberty by Swanson

Part Five shows the application of Locke’s governmental philosophy to America’s situation today.  Mrs. Swanson concludes that the United States is now following, at its peril, many of the absolutist political ideas of Rousseau rather than the truly liberating ones of John Locke’s, so important to a free people.

“Americans are not being taught the treasures entrusted to them in their heritage and particularly in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. It is now wonder they fall easy prey to specious argument sin favor of socialistic policies. John Locke’s First Treatise on Government demolished the idea of absolute monarchy (or arbitrary rule by men, not law), and the Second Treatise provided a blueprint for a system of government with a written constitution that would ensure the citizen’s “life, liberty, and property.”

“Mrs. Swanson documents for her readers how Locke has been repudiated in the modern American secular state. This has surely contributed to the slide into socialism experienced in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. A recovery of Locke would surely give rise to a recovery of American constitutionalism.”  Darold Booton

Resources on John Locke for the American Christian library:

John Locke: Philosopher of American Liberty by Mary-Elaine Swanson

John Locke and the Law of Nature Audio by Mary-Elaine Swanson

John Locke and the Christian Law of Nature and Nations Audio by James Rose

John Locke and Property- The Colonial Clergy  Audio by Mary-Elaine Swanson

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