Political Science Theories
I choose question 1: Locke argues both that “the end of Government is the good of Mankind” (Second Treatise, p. 417) and that “the great and chief end … of Mens uniting into Commonwealths, and putting themselves under Government, is the preservation of Private Property” (p. 350-351). Marx, by contrast, agrees with the first of Locke’s claims but rejects the second, contending instead that the good of mankind requires the “abolition of private property” (Communist Manifesto, p. 170). Write an essay that explains how Locke and Marx can agree that the end of government is the good of mankind, yet disagree in their assessments of the role and value of private property in advancing that end. In addition, be sure to explain who is right and why.