POLI 231 - Locke 3

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Published on 29 Sep 2011
School
McGill University
Department
Political Science
Course
POLI 231
Locke's Affinity To Colonialism
“In the beginning, all the world was the Americas.”
Locke's ideas are made incompatible with Aboriginal ideas on property and
political society.
The result is the plunder of the Americas by Europeans (Locke: appropriation from
the Commons)
Property through mixing labour?
> Locke argued that this method applies to agriculture, not to nomadic
lifestyles
> Aboriginal property view: land belongs to specific tribes, not individuals,
and only for use
Political society?
> Locke's ideas of political society would have included a written law, police
services, executive power, and a bureaucracy, all missing from the Iroquois
Confederacy
1664 Treaty of Albany
Iroquois & British
1) Written parchment -> British mode. Established separate Iroquois and
British sovereignty
2) Two-rope wompa belt -> Iroquois mode. White wompa symbolized purity of
agreement; purple wompa symbolized parallel sovereignty.
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In the beginning, all the world was the americas. Locke"s ideas are made incompatible with aboriginal ideas on property and political society. The result is the plunder of the americas by europeans (locke: appropriation from the commons) > locke argued that this method applies to agriculture, not to nomadic lifestyles. > aboriginal property view: land belongs to specific tribes, not individuals, and only for use. > locke"s ideas of political society would have included a written law, police power, and a bureaucracy, all missing from the iroquois services, executive. Iroquois & british: written parchment -> british mode. British sovereignty: two-rope wompa belt -> iroquois mode.