The Liberal State: Origins

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State of Nature

While liberalism takes an optiministic view of human nature, it still accepts that, within the state of nature, there would have been clashes of interests between individuals pursuing their own, egocentric agendas.

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Locke's Concern

Locke was worried that without the sort of formal structures that only a state can provide, the resolution of such clashes may not always be swift and efficient.

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A Mechanism/State

A mechanism - a state - is required, to arbitrate effectively between the competing claims of rational individuals. 

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Formalised State

The state of nature, tolerable as it may be, is still inferior to the particular "formalised" state liberals recommend.

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