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The Beginning of Property Private property plays an important role in the theory of LockeLocke answers several questions in his discussion of property At what point does an item become private property How does man acquire property What amount of private property can a person have How do you measure this amount Locke also looks at how value and communities emerged from the establishment of property Locke begins by saying that God gave the world to mankind Every feature of the world was common to man meaning that the world belonged to everyone When God gave the world to man he also gave man reason to make the best use out of it The earth and all that is therein is given to men for the support and comfort of their beingLocke 18 We have to remember that all these things such as soil trees and fruitsare here for everyone to use but are of no use unless they are removed from their natural state in some way How are they removed from their natural state that God created them in Labour is a property in itself but also leads to the creation of private property A property is something that someone owns Locke says that every man has a property in his own person The labour of his body and the work of his hands we may say are properly his Locke19 Labour is a property of man something man owns and by the means of labour man is able to remove something out of its natural state When this object is removed out of its natural state by labour it excludes the common right of other men to the object thus becoming the property of the labourer From this concept of labour comes the question of how to measure property The measure of property is determined by the extent of mans labour and conveniences of life Locke 22 God gave us earth
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