• Sep 8, 2021
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The whole of society can be dissolved by a successful foreign invasion (2,211), but Locke is more eager to describe the occasions when the people regain power from the government to which he has entrusted it. If the rule of law is ignored, if the representatives of the people are prevented from gathering, if the mechanisms of the elections are changed without the consent of the people or if the people are handed over to a foreign power, they can withdraw their initial authority and overthrow the government (2.212-17). They can also rebel if the government tries to deprive them of their rights (2,222). Locke believes this is justified, as the oppressed will likely rebel anyway, and those who are not oppressed are unlikely to rebel. .