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John Locke believes that man has a right to private property According to Locke God gave man this plentiful earth with all of its plants and animals to work on and nourish our bodies with God gave us this earth to make use of it to the best advantage of life and convenience 135 Since our bodies are properly ours the labour of his our body is also properly ours so whatsoever then he removes out of the state thereby makes it his property 136 Locke is very clear and concise on this premise Locke then describes why it is just for individuals to claim parts of Gods gift to all of man in common 135 Locke explains that the labor involved in removing things out of its state of nature puts a distinction between them and common 136 Therefore he explains it is the taking any part of what is common and removing it out of the state of nature leaves it in which begins the property 136 In short labor creates property However this same theory also limits the amount of property one can have Since God gave us the earth to use to the best advantage of life anyone who lets the land perish and rot has offended against the common law of nature 140 Therefore one can only possess as much land as they can cultivate and use without wasting anything Locke does point out however that giving things away or trading them before they perish is permissible However Locke explains that the agreement to use money changes this natural limitation Money is not like fruit crops or cattle because it cannot perish Money knows no limit 135 Therefore there is no limit to the private wealth we can accumulate as long as we trade our perishable goods for that imperishable store of value money 135 Lockes theory is very well thought out However in terms of money
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