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Hobbes vs Locke on Police Brutality

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Bhavini Singh

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Transcript of Hobbes vs Locke on Police Brutality

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Police Brutality
Hobbes' View
Works Cited

"It is not wisdom but Authority that makes a law"
People are generally evil
People need to be governed by authority, especially when they lash out
government and they need to be controlled
"Not believing in force is the same as not believing in gravitation."

Hobbes believed that humans are generally evil and will do anything to better their position

When left to themselves, humans will act upon their own impulses and they need to be controlled

Should not be trusted because decisions are selfishly-motivated
Locke's View
Hobbes would agree with police brutality because it keeps people in check
What is Police Brutality?
Racial profiling
refers to law enforcement strategies and practices that single out individuals as objects of suspicion solely on the basis of their race, ethnicity, national origin, or religion.
Under such practices, minorities are disproportionately targeted as criminal suspects, skewing at the outset the racial composition of the population ultimately charged, convicted and incarcerated."
What is Racial Profiling?
Use of physical and verbal force by a police officer
Abuse of power by police
May include: false arrest; intimidation; racial profiling; abuse
People are generally good
Every man has a property in his own person. This nobody has a right to, but himself.
The reason why men enter into society is the preservation of their property.

Can't Breath
Hands UP
I'm Not
A Threat
Just Because
I'm Black

He insisted that when government violates individual rights, people may legitimately rebel.

The most likely cause of such a revolution, Locke supposed, would be abuse of power by the government itself: when the society unduly interferes with the property interests of the citizens.

Locke’s writings did much to inspire the libertarian ideals of the American Revolution.

Locke would disagree with police brutality because it violates people's personal property.
"Government has no other end, but the preservation of property"
He expressed the radical view that government is morally obliged to serve people, namely by protecting life, liberty, and property.
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