Essay heading: Locke on Property

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Locke uses the example of picking an apple, when I pick an apple it becomes mine, because I have added my work to it and made it my property. This way of acquiring objects requires no consent from the general populace; each person is free to appropriate items by their own initiative. The premise here is quite simple: if people add their work to an item they have the right to appropriate said item...
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The premise here is quite simple: if people add their work to an item they have the right to appropriate said item. This applies to many types of items including the land itself. "The labour that was mine, removing them out of that common state they were in, hath fixed my property in them." Locke sees that it is necessary for this type of acquisition to be bounded, he says that a person may only acquire as many items as they can reasonably use...
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