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Summary

Often considered the foundation of political liberalism, John Locke's Two Treatises of Government was first published anonymously in 1689, in the wake of England's Glorious Revolution. In The First Treatise of Government, Locke refutes the idea of divine monarchy, while The Second Treatise of Government articulates Locke's philosophy of government, which he based upon his theories of natural rights and the social contract. In Locke's view, governments' legitimacy is based upon their performance of their proper functions---preservation of the life, liberty, and property rights of their citizens, and protection from those who seek to violate these rights. A radical doctrine at the time of its publication, Locke's theories provided a philosophical basis for many of the principles behind the American Revolution. More than 300 years after the publication of the Two Treatises of Government, Locke's ideas continue to spark debate. A must-listen for anyone interested in the foundations of contemporary political ideology, Locke's hugely influential work will retain its relevance for generations to come.

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Glorious and I was sad when it ended.

he admits he does rather labour his point in the first book, but it's very enjoyable. While a serious topic I was grinning and sometimes giggling at the sharpness and whit with which he decimates Sir Robert's 'arguments'. As to the second book -. love it so much, he totally nails his point such that it's impenetrability to decent is impossible (so far as I can see). Its glorious.

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A hugely important work, done justice

Anyone who values democratic government owes a huge amount to Locke, and Langton's performance treats the work with the gravitas it deserves.

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A great listen and politically intriguing.

the book is in two parts the first a response to the tyrannical power of monarchy and the second a justification for democracy and private property. concepts are engaged with critically and well so demonstrate the value towards what Locke focused primarily on the public good. best read in regards to Hobbes' leviathan and Rousseau's social contract

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  • Travis
  • 09-07-12

Don't let the title scare you off!

What did you love best about Two Treatises of Government?

I discovered that John Locke has a wonderful sense of humor!

What other book might you compare Two Treatises of Government to and why?

There are so many books that draw from this book for their material. Most "conservative" books quote from this one several times in order to make their case for limited government.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes, but it is a lot of information to take in all at once so it took me a couple weeks to get through and process what I learned.

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  • Gregory
  • 05-12-16

Excellent Narration, Foundational Text

First, I must say that this narrator is easier to follow than simply reading the text, so good is his reading.

The text itself is a very medieval thing, like all early modern works of political thought, but also a very contemporary thing, as all pieces of well-considered literature are when they bear upon perennial issues. Worth several listens, and a lifetime of pondering.

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  • michael
  • 20-10-11

It's easy to understand why this book is so import

This is an important book that probably had a profound influence on the framers of the American government. In it John Locke totally debunks the divine right of kings. He makes the whole idea look beyond absurd, and he does so using the same bible verses that defended the idea in the first place. Locke also lays out the ideas that are so important to America, and to classical liberalism. These ideals are still important to any one who believes in political freedom and freedom from governmental oppression. From what I understand this book is the place to start as far as gaining an understanding of classical liberalism and modern libertarianism is concerned, and after listening to it you will be more enlightened.

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  • Joshua Phillips
  • 16-08-16

Freedom and Liberty

I wish I had the opportunity to read this growing up! God bless American Liberty!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-03-18

Excellent, both Locke's work and Langton's voice

It takes a few moments to calibrate your mind to the no-longer-common language, however it quickly becomes as comprehensible as any

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  • Taylor Britton
  • 20-05-17

a must read/listen for any free folk

a must read/listen for any free folk. good performance differentiating tone from the author & the quoted material

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  • Garry
  • 15-03-17

A must read for every voter

This book provides you with an understanding of the relationship of government and its citizens. It is foundational knowledge for all those who will be participating in our republic. I pray that we teach this in our civics clases.

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  • No to Statism
  • 19-07-18

Excellent Book on Government

John Locke did a great service in writing these books. I must admit however, the first "treatise" was a bit over-labored; Mr. Locke was determined to give no quarter to the published statements of another writer with whom he disagreed.

The second treatise found herein, is filled with John Locke's solid, and sound insights. Though he lived under monarchical government, he chose to highlight the basic, and essential rudiments that bring about good government. This he did without the monarchical form being necessarily the ultimate end.

James Langton did a superb job reading this audiobook. I can definitely recommend this title.

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  • Mario
  • 29-03-18

interesting

this one was not easy to get threw, but glad I did. gave me a little more perspective.

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  • econ guy
  • 28-12-17

excellent

the narrator truly made feel as if I were listening to Locke himself making his argument in a pub. great work!