Lecture 6

Lecture 6 - piece of yellow metal. Arguments: 1 Lockean...

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Lecture 6 – Revolutionary values - outline Blackboard Today : 1) John Locke: st rights 2) importance of property rights in shaping founding values of the American Republic 3) The contradictory nature of American democracy John Locke: Second Treatise on Government (1689) Contract theory Limited government Philosophical assumptions: Natural right to one’s own person Protestantism Labor theory of value Arguments: 1. First rights to private property : The natural right to one’s own body justifies a first right to private property by mixing one’s sweat with the soil. 2. Accumulation and inequality : Locke transforms the individual's right to the fruits of his own labor into a right of unlimited accumulation by means of “a little
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Unformatted text preview: piece of yellow metal. Arguments: 1 Lockean social contract and American society (1689) The Declaration of Independence (1776) Private property and democracy Theory of property as the basis of citizenship Equitable distribution of landed property as the basis of American democracy Systematic exclusion 2 American contradictions: founding principles vs. inequitable realities Melting pot myth Forms of incorporation 1. Separatism : - Involuntary - Voluntary 2. Assimilationism : - Inclusionist - Universalist (melting pot) 3. Pluralism : - Cultural pluralism - Multiculturalism 3 4...
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