American Revolution vs Locke

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This act was also known as the American Revenue Act. The main purpose of this act, as stated in its preamble, was “for improving the revenue of this kingdom (Goldfield page 137 par 6).” It required all legal documents, licenses, commercial contracts, newspapers, pamphlets, playing cards and other papers to bear a tax stamp (Goldfield page 138 par 3)...
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This Act was created to help cover the cost of maintaining troops in the colonies. What outraged The Americans colonists was not so much the tax but the fact that it was being imposed from England and paid to England. This act falls under Civic Virtue v. Corruption. Locke states “…the Legislative cannot assume to itself a power to rule by extemporary arbitrary decrees…For the law of nature being unwritten, and so nowhere to be found but in the minds of men, they who through passion or interest shall miscite or misapply it, can not easily be convinced of their mistake where there is no established judge...
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