Examine the politics of private property, the economy, and inequality in the works of Locke and Rousseau and/or Marx


Topic:
It can be said that Locke’s theory of property and the social contract depoliticize the economy, in the sense that private property and economic inequality are perceived to be the result of natural or personal circumstances and that government should not interfere with people’s property rights. In different ways, both Rousseau and Marx view the economy, private property, and inequality as fundamentally political. Write an essay that examines the politics of private property, the economy, and inequality in the works of Locke and Rousseau and/or Marx. Which theorist provides the most adequate understanding in your view?
ESSAY REQUIREMENTS
COVER PAGE
Include the follow things on your cover page:
your name
course number and title (e.g., POLS 22 Political Theory)
professor’s name
essay title (optional)
question number
the date the essay is due
PAGE SETUP & FONTS
Paper size: 8.5″ x 11″
Page Margins: Left & Right: 1.25″, Top & Bottom: 1.00″
Font: Use a font with a serif, such as Times, Times New Roman, or Garamond, etc.
Font size: 12
Page Numbers: Include page numbers on each page, excluding the cover page.
Line spacing: double
No extra line spaces between paragraphs. Extra line spaces indicate section breaks.
Quotations: Quotations over 35 words should be formatted as block quotes: single spaced and indented .5″ from the left.
THE OBJECT OF THE ASSIGNMENT
The purpose of this assignment is to utilize your powers of reading, critical analysis, and exposition. The assignment may be described as an exposition and critical assessment of the text, in that the essay should be based on your close reading of the required texts and present a critical evaluation and judgment of the material. In the essay, you should identify concepts, themes, and passages that relate to the specific topic you have chosen. You must explain in your own words what you take the author’s points and arguments to be. You should critically assess the strength, validity, coherence, and/or the implications of the author’s views. This means that you should not automatically accept the author’s premises, conclusions, philosophical-ideological assumptions, or presumptions. Finally, you should render some critical judgment on the texts that you have expounded, on the validity of the arguments, or the relevance of the reasoning to particular political criteria or concerns that you define. Intellectual honesty requires, at both the exposition and assessment stages, that you consider all the evidence in the text, and not just that which favors your own reading or opinion.
INSTRUCTIONS
Write an essay that answers one (1) of the questions below. Your essay should be 5-6 double-spaced typed pages of text, not including footnotes and/or bibliography. Your essay should be coherent and well organized. It should state clearly your understanding of the question to be answered, and it should contain a clearly stated thesis that attempts to answer the question. You should provide evidence to support your thesis, your interpretations, reasons for your critical assessments, and citations where you are relying on someone else’s writing.
This assignment requires knowledge only of the required primary texts, which you must cite when you rely upon the authors’ words or ideas, and you must provide a bibliography. You are not required to cite any secondary sources. However, if you read secondary commentaries, you must cite them in your footnotes and/or bibliography.
“Essay Requirements.” Follow the “Essay Requirements” below for formatting.
Due Date: Friday, May 6 at 11:59 pm. Electronic copy due on Canvas.
Please use the following sources that I have provided and no outside source and make sure that you would cite anything that you will use from these 4 books: I was only able to provide pdf for two books but for other two I have the name only
Marx, Karl. Selected Writings, edited by Lawrence H. Simon. Indianapolis: Hackett, 1994.
Locke, John. Second Treatise of Government. Edited by C.B. MacPherson, Indianapolis: Hackett,1980.


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