History of ideas is simply a branch of research that gives a deep insight into human ideas in terms of expression of ideas, preservation of cultures and change of these ideas over a period of time. In general, it is closely related to intellectual history. This article is purely a summary of the analysis and critique of Locke’s second Treatise of government about property ownership. According to Filmer’s theory of patriarchalism, that suggests that; only absolute monarch descended from Adam, have the right to property. This is because he is the only being that God gave total dominion over all the land, something Locke totally disagrees and vows to spend most of writing in disapproving this theory. His stand has made some historical scholars, to view him as a proto-capitalist who supports excessive accumulation of property (Mandelker et al., 246).
Despite the fact that the term Capitalism did not exist at the time Locke was writing and publishing his work, historical scholars and researchers have found his manuscript of great significance in analyzing current political and the socio-economical setting of the modern society.
Locke’s stand on gold and money in obtainment of massive land and property
In his article, he tried to address the question about how much property men are entitled to. He argues that, when god created man, he ordered him to subdue the land and eat the fruits of his labor. Thus, he is against the communal ownership of land and property. In addition, he…