John Locke Essay | Second Treatise of Goverment: Equality in Nature Versus Inequality of Wealth

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Second Treatise of Goverment: Equality in Nature Versus Inequality of Wealth

Summary: How was John Locke able in his Second Treatise of Government to reconcile the idea that all men are by nature created equal with the idea that inequalities of wealth are natural and inevitable? As it turns out, the two ideas are actually very logical and harmonious, as the inequalities of wealth are the end result of the natural state in which individuals were first born.
In the beginning of the Second Treatise of Government, John Locke showed his protest against Filmer's theory about the omnipotent power of government over human beings. He assured that political power must derive from the divine state of human beings. That is the State of Nature which includes the state of perfect freedom and the state of perfect equality. In other words, he argued that all men are by nature created equal; however, John Locke didn't reject the reality that inequalities of wealth are natural and inevitable. How is he able to reconcile these two ideas"

According to John Locke, men were "promiscuously born to all the same advantages of nature and the use of the same faculties; they should also be equal one amongst another without subordination or subjection." (Second Treatise of Government, p8). The basic principle teaching...

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