by George Caffentzis, Bristol Radical History Group, 2008
John Locke is the most famous philosopher born and raised in
the vicinity of Bristol. He born in Wrington, Somerset about 12 miles from
Bristol on August 29, 1632 and he was brought up in the market town of
Pensford, about seven miles south of Bristol.
Locke is also not only the main intellectual founder of
liberalism, but also of neoliberalism, the “ruling idea” of the ruling class of
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