Chapter 1: A Lockeian Universe

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John Locke’s view of the world sees each person as containing innate human ‘rights’:  The right to own property, our bodies, our labor.  It is the philosophy necessary for capitalism, democracy, and modern society– These ideas aided bourgeoise landholders to ‘hire’ feudal peasants off the land into their factories. It is also allowed young men, and sometimes women to leave the obligations of their families to seek their fortunes in other lands with opportunities and choices.

Ultimately it allows women and men to choose their own spouses and finally, unchoose them in droves in the 1970s.  Locke’s philosophy was the basic requirement for modern individualism.  My brother has been an individual since he was a baby.

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