May I speak to Mr. Locke?
May I Speak to Mr. Locke?
January 18, 2013
By JOHN HOOD
RALEIGH — “May I speak to Mr. Locke, please?”
I can’t tell you how many times someone at the John Locke Foundation has taken a phone call and gotten this question. One would hope that the name of John Locke – the 17th century English philosopher, physician, and statesman – would be familiar enough to avoid such questions. But that’s not the current reality. And if John Locke, that dogged champion of empiricism, were alive today, he would encourage us to accept reality as it is, not as we wish it might be.
When a bipartisan group of North Carolina business leaders and philanthropists gathered in 1989 to found the John Locke Foundation, the state’s first conservative think tank, they decided to name it after a famous philosopher ...