Rousseau’s Imperfect Improvement on Locke

Rousseau’s On the Social Contract is an attempt to solve the problem of the state’s inherent contradiction between the state’s right to power over men and man’s right to freedom from another’s power. Like Locke, Rousseau considers man’s original position in the state of nature. Unlike Locke, however, Rousseau concludes that such a state of nature is no longer present and can never be returned … Continue reading Rousseau’s Imperfect Improvement on Locke

Locke is an Unfit Guide for Today’s Political Economy

A Lockean approach to issues in contemporary political economy would prove too limited and narrow to be worthwhile. Locke’s analysis of political systems and their legitimating tactics rests on overly simple assumptions of human needs in contemporary life. For example, Locke centers on the legitimacy of a state on its protection of property. A political “community perpetually retains a supreme power of saving themselves… [from … Continue reading Locke is an Unfit Guide for Today’s Political Economy