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John Locke embraced many ideas Hobbes presented in his theories on the state of nature and the rise of government and society They differed however in that Locke believed that God was the prime factor in politics He believed that individuals were born with certain natural rights given not by government or society but by God This he said is what gives all people equality Hobbes other key points consisted mainly of property rights and the invention of money Besides the right to self preservation Locke also believed that all individuals had a natural right to property This natural right carried with it two preconditions of natural law First since God gave the earth to all individuals people must be sure to leave enough property remaining for others to have and secondly nothing may be allowed to spoil These conditions met an individual was granted exclusive rights to any object with which they mixed their labor For Locke mixing labor was in effect placing a part of the self into an object and thereby making it part of the individual and therefore their property Human nature being the way it is people eventually found a way around the natural law restrictions on property accumulation through the creation of money Instead of only accumulating as much property as could be used without spoilage people created money as a means around the natural law Since money does not spoil the burden of upholding the law now became that of the consumer rather than of the producer People were granted the ability to accumulate unlimited money based upon their industriousness This meant that some people acted more rationally than others and thus were more deserving of property Locke also argued that when people agreed to start using money they also agreed to the disproportionate and unequal possession of the Earth He believed that people would be free to sell their labor to one another in exchange for
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