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8 Government is thus an arbiter between men and is instituted for the good of men and not for its own good. It has no absolute power and has no justification for tyranny. It exists by contract alone. Members of 'Political Society' agree to abide by majority decisions of the community and its representatives in government in order to ensure the preservation and safety of their freedom and property. Locke constantly stressed the importance of property, and in this he foreshadowed the values of the new Whig mercantile class of the eighteenth century.

Locke constantly stressed the importance of property, and in this he foreshadowed the values of the new Whig mercantile class of the eighteenth century. For him property was as important as life and liberty. ) He was perfectly aware, given the central importance of property to human society, that inequality of possession of property would have to be justified if any kind of stability, based on contractual values, was to be established. The solution he found was both simple and elegant. Locke argued that by using money (as opposed to relying on barter), men had tacitly agreed to an unequal distribution of wealth, on the grounds that money allowed a man to store and hence invest the products of his land which he himself could not usefully consume.

They were equally vigorously opposed by writers, such as Dryden, whose strong Christian commitment led him to satirise Hobbesian notions in a number of his heroic plays concerned with political issues. Notably The Conquest of Granada seems full of polemic argument against Hobbes's vision of man as matter and hence appetite in motion. Arguably the worst excesses of unbridled appetite are manifested in the figure of the scheming female villain, Lyndaraxa, who switches allegiance from one lover to the next, depending on their changing status in the game of power politics.

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