How the Second Treatise of Government Correlates with our 21st Century Political System

John Locke adamantly believed in a demoractic government where people have a say and have the right to do so. As citizens of a democracy, we have the right to protest and request changes in our government if and when we see that the federal, state, or local government and its leaders are abusing their power. The Chicago Teacher's Union is currently protesting unfair school conditions, Londoners are protesting Brexit, and public hearings of the Trump Impeachment will be broadcasted on television.

Locke’s book is a great tool in understanding of how theories from the past still are implemented in our 21st century society. 

In the book, Second Treatise of Government,  John Locke comes to support the idea that sovereignty should be placed in the hands of the people. In other words, Locke firmly supports the dissolution of the government if the government works solely in their best interest. King James II of England was overthrown in 1688 because he was unpopular among the common people, in a revolution later known as the Glorious Revolution. Locke wrote his Second Treatise of Government to justify the Glorious Revolution as an explanation as to how a proper government should operate, clearly stating that the people must have a say in order to maintain harmony.

Through referencing the biblical Adam, Locke argues against giving any authority figure absolute power and authority. Locke argues that government is a creation of multiple ideas, perspectives, and philosophies, and that anything else could consequent abuse and harm. A government should promote communities working together towards a common cause, and that each person should be able to share their views in a professional and respectful environment. 

“And thus every man, by consenting with others to make one body politic under one government, puts himself under an obligation to every one of that society, to submit to the determination of the majority, and to be concluded by it”        -- John Locke