Second Treatise of Government

why would men relinquish the natural state to form a government ?

The consent  of  the  Governed  

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A man’s property may be invaded, his life may be threatened, and other men’s self-interest may preclude their acting for the common good. Life in a state of nature can be dangerous and full of vicissitudes. This makes it necessary for men to want to form a government to preserve their lives, liberties, and estates.