John Locke's Justification Of The American Revolutionary War

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The American Revolutionary War came about after decades of grievances on the part of the American colonies, grievances which were put in place by the British Parliamentary system. The lack of American representation in parliament paired with the multitudes of acts designed to take advantage of the colonies were cause enough for the colonies to revolt and to overthrow their government. There are few who would disagree with the American’s justification for the revolution, would Locke be one of them? No he would not, the American colonies were fully justified under Lockean reasons for revolution, considering how long they endured the grievances and the legislature that was passed against them. Locke laid out the types of legislative and executive actions that would result in the dissolution of the government. In essence, when the government begins to fringe on one’s natural rights, such as property rights, the government is forfeiting its power by putting itself into a state of war with the populace. There were a great many acts placed upon the colonial citizens, perhaps most notably the quartering act and the extreme taxes. Both of these directly defy the natural rights that governments should be protecting, thus justifying the revolution for on lockean grounds. Beginning with the quartering act, which was placed on American citizens by the British Parliament in an effort to quell any possible dissent among the colonists, is a heavy violation of property rights previously

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