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"[W]henever the legislators endeavour to take away, and destroy the property of the people, or to reduce them to slavery under arbitrary power, they put themselves into a state of war with the people, who are thereupon absolved from any farther obedience, and are left to the common refuge, which God hath provided for all men, against force and violence. Whensoever therefore the legislative shall transgress this fundamental rule of society; and either by ambition, fear, folly or corruption, endeavour to grasp themselves, or put into the hands of any other, an absolute power over the lives, liberties, and estates of the people; by this breach of trust they forfeit the power the people had put into their hands for quite contrary ends, and it devolves to the people, who have a right to resume their original liberty ..."
John Locke (more quotes by John Locke or books by/about John Locke)
(1632-1704) English philosopher and political theorist
Second Treatise of Civil Government 
America, Authority, Conscience, Duty, Emancipation, Government, Individual Rights, Justice, Law, Obedience, Power, Society, Tyranny, War