Dissolution of Government Possible?
Can you imagine what Locke portrayed to happen? And would it work?
This event in the video above is a protest held in my native country, Taiwan. It was named “Million Voices Against Corruption, President Chen Must Go”, which was a huge campaign led by the former DPP leader to join the public and gain awareness to let everyone know that our President is corrupting all our tax money. On the video, it was during the National Day of Taiwan, October 10th of the year 2006. Everyone who were against his vicious actions walked out on the streets of Taipei and flooded the entire city. There were hundreds of thousands of them all dressed in red expressing themselves. However, the President stood in office until his term was over which was another two years and after his term. He was later arrested together with his wife and son in law for serious corruption of more than $490 million US dollars.
In Locke’s writings he defined tryanny as the “exercise of power beyond right” where the executive abuses his power and his responsibliities. Locke suggested in the last chapter of the Second Treatise of the Government that when the government is dissolved and breaking up the people then have the rights to come in and make changes to it. As long as the majority are together on the same page looking for a change in the government. Locke stressed on how the rights are on the people’s hand to make decisions on what they want. Yet does it really work? We often portray the current democracy as a modified version of Locke’s thought in a modern/extensive way where everything is modified and made for people’s freedom. The real question behind both Locke’s teaching and the current system is that when there is really a corrupted and malfunctioning government will the people’s voices be answered and taken in account? Is democracy a true freedom?