John Locke and the Philosophy of Property

John Locke argued that one can hold any property if it meets the following three criteria:

  1. It can be used before it spoils (e.g., we don’t have huge stores of food that just rots).
  2. It leaves “good and enough” for everyone else (e.g., one person cannot own all the land in a country).
  3. The property must come from your own work and effort