Academic journal article Women's Studies Quarterly

Excerpt from the Dandelion King

Academic journal article Women's Studies Quarterly

Excerpt from the Dandelion King

Article excerpt

John Locke's view of the world sees each person as containing innate human rights: the right to own property, our bodies, our labor. .It is the philosophy which grounds modern capitalism, democracy, and western society. These ideas aided bourgeois landholders to hire feudal peasants off the land into their factories. Jt also allowed young men, and sometimes women, to leave the obligation of their families to seek their fortunes in other lands with new opportunities and choices.

Ultimately these liberal ideas allow women and men to choose their own spouses and finally, unchoose them in droves in the 1970s. Locke's philosophy was the basic requirement for modern individualism, our modern notion of freedom. My brother has been an individual since he was a baby.

My brother did not bear the constraints of a suburban childhood well-his curious and unconventional nature would eventually lead his life away from the creative destruction of capitalism and towards his own utopian notions of freedom. …

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