Find yourself in a post-apocalyptic world in which civilization collapsed and everything is in chaos? In other words, did everything go to shits? Then I have just the recommended (and possibly required) reading to start a new society! John Locke’s Two Treatises of Government.
The man with the same name as the guy from Lost makes some very interesting points about governing! Everyone knows that once the apocalypse comes and wipes out a good chunk of people from this world it will be left up to a few of us to bring some order into this shitty ass world. And in the unfortunate event in which such a responsibility is in your hands just remember John Locke’s Two Treatises of Government.
Here’s the rundown on this little work: People have a right to self preservation. The purpose of government is to preserve society. The end. Then there’s some stuff about people giving up their rights of acting as judge and punisher to the government. People removing a government that violates their rights of self preservation, etc, etc…
If you follow this man’s advice your new little society will be the envy of the post-apocalyptic world. Good job! Hopefully no barbarian horde tries to massacre you and your people. Good luck with diseases also, because although John Locke talks about governing he makes no mention at all of how to fight off germs. You try and stop cholera with the Natural Rights of Man.