Discussion questions for Locke, *Second Treatise,* Chs. 17-19

PassageQuestion
Chapter 19, paragraph 220: "When the government is dissolved, the people are at liberty to provide for themselves, by erecting a new legislative, differing from the other, by the change of persons, or form, or both, as they shall find it most for their safety and good."How does a society decide what new form of government they want to replace an old one? Also, how do they determine what is best for the safety and good of everyone? Wouldn't people primarily care about their own safety as opposed to everyones?
Chapter XVIII "Of Tyranny" paragraphs 203 and 204How does Locke's view of man and tyrant differ/compare with Machiavelli's? Wouldn't Machiavelli argue that a prince can leverage any amount of authority or power in order to accomplish his goal, or be feared? Locke asks, "May the commands then of the prince be opposed?" What do you think and how does this apply to politics today?
Chapter 18What if the tyrant is, by law, entitled to the throne? Does he have the right to exercise power? Is it possible for a tyrant to have the right to this kind of power “beyond right?” For a king can still make laws that “give way to his own will and appetite.” Or is it only possible for a king to act like a tyrant, and not be one?

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