Right of Revolution Essay

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Right of Revolution



As John Locke believed, I too believe the “right of revolution” has but one meaning and
that is; that the people in a society have the right to choose who will represent them in
government. They have the right to elect another government or leader when the one
originally in control is not doing what is in the people’s best interest. We call this
right “democracy”. A recent example which best illustrates this is the election in Serbia
where President Slobodan Milosevic has allegedly lost the election but is refusing to turn
over power to the newly elected official, violating every principle of the “right of
revolution” or democratic selection process.


In order to fully understand what is happening we must examine historically the event
leading up to the election. Reporters and politicians have touted the Serbia-Kosovo
problem as being the result of ancient ethnic hatred but that is not the case. The people
of this region lived together peacefully for centuries and any conflicts that have arisen
amongst them were based not on ethnic origin but on other things like class and ruling
party, just to name a few. In the late 1980’s, Slobodan Milosevic came into power in
Serbia. His first actions were directed against Kosovo Albanian dominance in the
province. He removed virtually all of the Albanian’s rights, their leadership role in
government, their party, and their parliament. He further removed their control of their
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