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by Howard Zinn

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What is the irony Zinn tries to convey concerning John Locke?

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For Zinn, the irony concerning John Locke was that his advocacy was predicated upon supporting those in the position of economic power. Zinn points out that Locke's ideas of government, popular sovereignty, and that government is responsive to the will of the people is rooted in that these people are wealthy individuals.  For Zinn, this is ironic because while the American Revolution used Lockian ideas to advance the interests of "the people," it was not all the people that were kept in mind.

Zinn points out that Locke was a proponent of liberal capital wealth. Locke himself was a benefactor of the accumulation of...

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