“The purpose of government is to secure and protect the God-given inalienable natural rights of the people. For their part, the people must obey the laws of their rulers. Thus, a sort of contract exists between the rulers and the ruled. But, if a government persecutes its people over an extended period, the people have the right to resist that government, alter or abolish it, and create a new political system.”
According to John Locke (1632-1704) legitimate political power derives solely from the consent of the the people to entrust their “lives, liberties, and possessions” to the oversight of a government as a whole, as expressed through its legislative body. Locke asserted that the most likely cause of any revolution would be abuse of power by government itself: when it unduly interferes with the interests of the people, they are bound to protect themselves by withdrawing their consent. When mistakes are made only rebellion holds any hope of the restoration of fundamental rights and, moreover, since the existence of civil order depends upon the people’s consent, only they can judge whether or not such circumstances have actually occurred. In Locke’s view the possibility of revolution is a permanent feature of any properly-formed civil society.
I wonder, do we have a ‘properly-formed civil society’ here in England?
It seems a shame to let the words of this great empiricist philosopher fall into dis-use and we should remember that rebellion is not the prerogative of the Left. They’ve shown themselves to be authoritarians under a Trades Union/SWP/STW/UKUncut banner and once again the true Libertarians, those against an authoritative and communitarian big state, will rouse themselves in opposition and come from all political viewpoints and none.
If only people would stand back for a while and consider whether they want big government or small government, more intrusion or less intrusion. The country seems to be worked into a fever-pitch of having to express their not-very-well-considered opinions (and I’m not immune from that accusation) on newspaper websites. Writing your knee-jerk opinion in a place where comments are allowed, and then sitting back thinking you’ve done your bit, isn’t enough. Even blogging isn’t enough to change the status quo. The fact is we should be hammering our MPs with emails, letters and telephone calls complaining bitterly about the erosion of our freedoms.
Failing that, I recommend questioning every authority figure who questions you and just saying ‘No’. As always.