JOHN LOCKE'S KINDRED POLITICS: PHANTOM FATHERHOOD, VICIOUS BROTHERS AND FRIENDLY EQUAL BRETHREN
Locke's political theory centres on juridical matters of law, right, consent and legitimacy. Despite his concern to differentiate politics from family and posit a free and equal post-familial individual as political subject, this apparently abstract political theory is itself conveyed
through a narrative of family. Locke rejects patriarchal absolutism that casts the king as a patriarchal father by thinking politics through alternative conceptions of father, sons and brothers. As such, Locke did not in fact help muster liberalism by instantiating a vivid public-private divide
that insulated the political imagination from ideas of family.