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Answer: If there was no government, everyone would go back to the State of Nature before john Locke decided to create a government. People's rights go unprotected, and it is the Governments job to protect peoples Natural Rights. The Government ensue structure, allows equal say and equal representation. Our freedom would crumble, and everyone is going to want to dictate everyone else. Instead of everyone being equal, it is going to be strong vs. weak. State of Nature: The "Natural condition of mankind" is what exists if there is no government, laws and common power to restrain human Nature. State of Nature is, "Every man for himself," which is human beings seeking out to destroy each other in a mad pursuit for power, control and authority.

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Thomas Hobbes argued that without a government (Sovereign Authority) anarchy would ensue. He described this as a 'state of nature'. Hobbes believed that every man's actions would be driven by self interest and not collective negotiation, and during peacetime a man would be constantly at conflict with his neighbours in order to provide for his family.

In his work 'The Leviathan' which describes his theory of social contract he contends that in a lawless society without the protection of the State life would be 'solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short'.

His social contract would mean society would cede their natural rights to their Sovereign Authority which would control civil, military, judicial and powers of the church in return for protection.

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With out a government we would all be living in anarchy. We need the government to keep things running smoothly otherwise everything would be crazy.

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