"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Nothing Changes

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.

In other words, it's an exchange: we accept a limitation on our freedom in exchange for protection by the State. The point where we have neither rights nor freedom is when the contract irretrievably breaks down.

Do we have a 'properly-formed civil society' here in England?

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 an msm 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. Face it, we should be out on the streets.

Failing that, I recommend questioning every authority figure who questions you and just saying 'Thanks, but no thanks'.

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