John Locke's Proposal For Prosperity

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Locke believes that men have the ability to achieve fantastic economic growth and material prosperity. The key to achieving this growth and prosperity, in Locke’s opinion, is to labor more productively. Locke believes that even in the state of nature, people have a right to private property. This right exists even when there is no government or sovereign to enforce it. Even when there is a government, it is not in their power to decide who gets what. The government cannot take away people’s private property. If they do, the government is illegitimate. God made the world for everyone, no one was given a certain area. He made everything to be enjoyed by everyone, no one person has a dominion over anything. The process in which this land that…show more content…
He does not believe that it is in any way wrong or immoral. To express this, Locke uses agriculture as an example. A farmer adds labor to land, making it his property. He gets to cultivate this land and produce food. Locke asserts that farmers have the right to do this because he is not only using the land to benefit himself but for other people as well. Everyone needs food, but not everyone can be a farmer. There is not enough land for that and there are other jobs that need to be done. So, instead of having too many farmers with smaller amounts of land, it makes more sense to have fewer skilled farmers with more land to cultivate. A man who is not meant to be a farmer would not put his land to good use, therefore wasting it. A skilled farmer produces more food than just for himself, he has extra and he can feed more people. Productive labor produces fantastic economic growth and material prosperity. When you work hard, you see good results. Labor makes things more valuable. Another reason that Locke believes his ideas for private property are moral is because it’s beneficial for society. Not only is it beneficial for the economy, but also because of the kind of people this kind of society produces. People who live in these kinds of societies are focused and hard-working. They are working towards making life better for themselves, and therefore…show more content…
There is frequent talk about inequality in the U.S. Some people believe that having unequal amounts of property is unfair and wrong. These people call for wealth redistribution, this would take from the wealthy and give to the poor. The idea is that this property (money/taxes) taken from the rich could be redistributed amongst the poor and therefore decreasing the income gap. Americans often view the wealthy as evil and selfish. Many of the ways politicians in America offer to help the poor is by injuring the rich. The argument is that the wealthy people have an upper hand from the start and it’s impossible for poor people to achieve the same kind of wealth, no matter how hard they work. These arguments created a lot of tension in contemporary American society. Locke would not be in favor of wealth redistribution because he does not believe the government should have the power to take another’s property. Locke would be in favor of the idea that it is, in fact, possible to work your way up in society, through hard work and determination. Locke does not think things have to be equal and fair when it comes to private property. He would tell these people to find an area that they excel and work very hard in order to achieve economic

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