bemad's picture

Heard you talking about JL but missed the beginning of on-air phone conversation.  JL talked the talk but failed to walk the walk as described by H. Zinn's: A People's History of the US, pg 73-74, 1980 pb edition:

'Locke himself was a wealthy man, with investments in the silk trade and slave trade, incomes from loans and mortgages.  He invested heavily in the first issue of the stock of the Bank of England, just a few years after he had written his Second Treatise as the classic statement of liberal democracy.  As advisor to the Carolinas, he had suggested a government of slaveowners run by forty wealthy land barons.

Locke's statement of people's government was in support of a revolution in England for the free development of mercantile capitalism at home and abroad.  Locke himself regretted that the labor of poor children "is generally lost to the public till they are twelve or fourteen years old" and suggested that all children over three, of families on relief should attend "working schools" so they would be "from infancy ... inured to work." '