Property Essay

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Property Modern political theory has renounced the ideological goals of pre-modern political philosophy. Materialism has been the main drive for contemporary political theory as it seeks to control and justify human behavior by causality and nature; that is it seeks to put all human beings in a certain pre disposed category that seems to focus solely on working towards material concerns not ideological ones. This train of thought that seeks to replace ideal moral goodness for what is “tangible”, material and “real” has allowed for modern political thinkers to give a different role and definition for government; it is from this new found roles of government that the issue of property plays an important part in forming the modern state. John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Karls Marx are three modern political thinkers whose definitions of property have uniquely impacted the modern world and allowed for new forms of political ideologies to be formed. Though they differ in the origins and purposes of property they find consensus on the importance of this matter in civil society, the fact it should play role in it and how the state can safeguard such a thing. John Locke’s view of property is one that extends to the far reaches of present day American political theory and everyday life. The notion of private property in the United States is as real and common to the individual as water is for our basic necessities; you cannot think of living in the United States without accepting the inherent right (or the belief that is inherit) of each individual to own property and the privilege such ownership gives him over the land, means of productions and government. The roots of this definition of property as a private material substance that belongs to certain individuals comes from Lockes own theory of The State of Nature and Labor. Unlike earlier thinkers like Thomas

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