Karl Marx and John Locke

By: Aaron Slaubaugh

Karl Marx

On May 5, 1818 a Jewish boy named Karl Marx was born in Trier, Prussia. He later moved to London to live most of his life before dying on March 14, 1883. Karl Marx was a journalist, philosopher, economist, historian, and sociologist. He came up with 6 stages stages of government; Primitive Communism, Slave Society, Feudalism, Capitalism, Socialism, and Communism. Karl thought that this is how government would go because one stage would have something bad happen which would trigger a new stage and start that one. Here is an example. In primitive communism you share your stuff and you have to go around chasing food all day, so when people said this is my land and they trapped animals and grew food they stopped primitive communism. Then they needed labor to help grow corn so they took over a country and got slaves starting a slave society. Now this is only one stage going to another think of the other four.

John Locke

John Locke was a philosopher born on August 29, 1632 and born in Wrington, United Kingdom. He went to collage at Christ Church, Oxford. At Oxford he studied medicine, but later became a philosopher mainly a political philosopher saying many quotes like; "Government has no end, but the preservation of property." and "All mankind... being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, and possessions." John met the Parliamentarian Anthony Ashley Cooper who was later the Earl of Shaftsbury. For the next two decades John Locke's fortunes were tied to Shaftsbury. Locke in 1689 published a book called "Essay Concerning Human Understanding." He later died on October 8, 1704.