What are three major points in the two treatises of government by John Locke ?

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John Locke's Two Treatises of Government highlight the importance of Government by the Consent of the People, Natural Rights of Man, and the right to abolish a government that becomes tyrannical.

Locke asserts that Man has the right to life, liberty, and property.

He contends that these are Natural Rights that should not be violated by any individual or government.

However individuals can relinquish some of their rights to the government in order to maintain peace and order.

Majority Rule is to be respected so long as it doesn't violate individual rights.

Locke felt that government's primary duty was to ensure that the natural rights of individuals is maintained with the legislative body of government limited to creating laws that do not violate these rights.

The Executive Branch is limited to executing these laws.

Locke concludes that if a government became too powerful and did not protect the right of the people, then the people had the right to dispose of this government, also known as the Right of Revolution.

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