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Among many political issues the topic of revolution as a way of social

change has been highly contradictory. On the one hand, most scholars

target the creation of a system that would be stabile and preserve its

political and social order, replicating it over centuries. On the

other hand, many of them believed that change is necessary if the

society’s political system lands in a deadlock. A change is also

welcome is the government is corrupt.

The website of the MultiEducation Inc. gives the following definition

of the phenomenon: “complete and usually violent process by which the

government and its manner of rule are taken out of power, and a new

government is established” (MultiEducation Inc., n.d.). Perhaps the

wittiest definition is that by the Canadian economist John Kenneth

Galbraith who says that the revolution is “the kicking in of the

rotten door” (John Kenneth Galbraith Quotes, n.d.).

Locke on the Dissolution of the Government

John Locke, one of the most reputable political scientists whose works

are often cited for major ideas such as division of power into three

branches and natural rights, did not object to the disbandment of the

government that mistreats its people. In Locke’s view, this

dissolution is usually “brought about by such in the commonwealth who

misuse the power they have” (Locke, 1690). Thus, the government is

formed to maintain the natural rights of the people, which is its only

justification for existence. In fact, the need for government arises

out of the fact that human beings are prone to violate each other’s

natural rights.

In fact, Locke calls for restoration of the old order vi...

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the world.


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