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Duke’s Munger labels Locke first ‘modern’ economist

The 17th-century British philosopher John Locke is known for his major political influence on the American Founders. He’s less known as an early advocate of principles that have become part of modern economics.

In commemoration of Locke’s 385th birthday, Duke University professor Michael Munger highlighted Locke’s economic thought during a presentation for the John Locke Foundation’s Shaftesbury Society.

Munger also applied Locke’s ideas to the modern debate over price-gouging laws.

Mitch Kokai / Senior Political Analyst

Mitch Kokai is senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation. He joined JLF in December 2005 as director of communications. That followed more than four years as chie...

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