|Education:||University of Oxford|
|Era:|| 17th-century philosophy
|Born||August 29 1632|
|Died||October 28 1704 (aged 72)|
Locke noted that once money was established unlimited accumulation of wealth became possible because money doesn’t spoil or perish. Locke recognised the problems that unequal distribution of wealth cause but did not work hard on finding a solution. He just says vaguely that governments should do something.
- Wrote up on empiricism and epistemology
- Wrote on liberalism, religion and government
- Introduced the term "tabula rasa"
Libertarians Liberals and Social democratsEdit
Libertarianism modern Liberals and Social Democracy deal with inequality of wealth differently. Libertarians tend to see any government redistribution as something they call force or fraud and assume that poor people have to put up with rich people having more . Libertarians have odd definitions:
- If rich employers force poor people to work for low wages that's not force
- If we do something about it through taxes that is force.
Market forces sometimes leave part of the population with not enough for a decent life. Social democrats and modern liberals want to see some redistribution of wealth rather than unlimited selfish accumulation.