The True Meaning of Equality In the Eyes of John Locke

True Meaning of Equality

Women should use the same bathroom as men! Men should use the same bathroom as women! If I’m gay, or bi, or anything but strait, I should be able to get married too! I should get a minimum wage of $15 because I deserve it! There are a lot of ‘I’s in those sentences. Now, I could go on and on about the extremes of equality, and I have at one point in my life. However, the word “equality” has been through a definition change in the last decade. What do we expect when we have a president who campaigned on “Change?”

With this bit of trivia, I’ll base this article around bits of Chapter II in John Locke’s book, Second Treatise of Government.

What is the true meaning of equality? How does one define this word? Is it that we get to use any bathroom we want, or is it that we should all get paid the same no matter what our job or duties require? Well, no. Think of equality in the aspect of law. First, we must be able to recognize authority and power. Then, we must be able to recognize what the job of that power is.

In America, the constitutional role of our government was to make sure all men could have freedom to do and be anything they wanted to be. It didn’t matter where you were born or what family you were blessed to be born in. We all could climb to the top of the top. Now, how would we accomplish such a feat? One person would have to be more on top than the others, right? Well, maybe…but in the eyes of the government, we were the same.

Now, on to the power of the people. How would we the people, be at the “top?” We must recognize that the love for our fellow man is of most importance. As Locke said in Section 5, “…on which he builds duties they owe one another, and from whence they owe one another, and from whence he derives the great maxims of justice and charity.” We must recognize the role of the people is to build each other up, because if I have a dream, or many dreams, others have to have a dream or dreams as well. I cannot be alone in having a drive in life… If I can help somebody achieve their dream, is it not that they will do the same for me?

Such a refinement of a definition that has been manipulated for an agenda by the left.

Now, my favorite line thus far is at the very start of Section 6. It reads, “But though this be a state of liberty, yet it is not a state of license,” he continues later, “for men being all the workmanship of one omnipotent.” Basically, with great power, comes great responsibility. We all have freedom to do what we want, except destroy another’s freedom, because we are all working together for the greater good. If we kill another man for our own liberty, how does that benefit the person I killed? It doesn’t. It’s a state of freedom for us, but not given by us. These are the rules of nature. As Calvin Coolidge said a speech dubbed Have Faith Massachusetts,Men do not make laws. They do but discover them.

Now, where does government come into play with all of these freedoms of “nature?” The primary role of government is to secure such rights to the citizens that inhabit that nation. If the framers of our US Constitution knew this, where did they publicly acknowledge it? The answer can be found in the left’s favorite part of the constitution: The Preamble. So, let’s read it, shall we:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

See? It’s in there! “…and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.” So the framers knew what the role of government was. By securing the Blessings of Liberty, the freedoms that are “discovered,” as Calvin Coolidge put it, within the law of nature, equality can be assured and promised toward all man.


It’s funny how definitions can change so quickly, right before our very eyes.

Clint White

Clint White

Ran for Mayor at age 17, and I have traveled to 9 countries and 48 states before age 25. In my down time I study The Communist Manifesto and The Constitution.
Clint White

Clint White

Ran for Mayor at age 17, and I have traveled to 9 countries and 48 states before age 25. In my down time I study The Communist Manifesto and The Constitution.

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