I am researching on the origin of the "economic growth imperative". In this book it says:
A central theme of Locke's political teachings is growth; a theme which will not only be central to the philosophy of the liberal state, but also to the other ideologies that are to emerge in the course of the two hundred years following the philosopher's death. This emphasis on economic growth, or on the wealth of nations (to use the language of the time), brought with it - as is well-known - concerted and varied forms of exploitation. (p38-9)
I am a bit amazed to read Locke being associated with the concept of economic growth, not because I know a thing about Locke, but because I have not so far found such reference elsewhere.
I started to explore Locke's writings but so far have failed to find evidence of his potential influence on the issue. He did write of course about property rights (e.g. see here), an issue Adam Smith put a lot of emphasis in terms of the proper policies to promote economic growth. This other scholarly work delving on Locke's contribution to economics through property rights seem to mention nothing on the issue of economic growth either (the word "growth" does not appear). Like many others exploring mercantilism, Locke wrote about money and interest rates (e.g. see here), but that is hardly a basis for founding the economic growth social goal. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy mentions some writing about economic inequality and money, but has no single mention of the word "growth". The only passing reference I found, without suggesting an exact text, is here, where we read:
The mercantilist Locke argues that the end of trade is “riches and power” – and trade increases a nation’s wealth and its people, producing a virtuous circle of economic improvement; yet, like most mercantilists, he condemns activity that are not conducive to economic growth.
Can someone shed some light on the potential relevance of John Locke as a precursor, either explicitly or implicitly, of the idea of "economic growth" as a social goal to be achieved? Perhaps finding the exact reference to which the above quote is referring to might be a good start (I did not find such reference).