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Second Treatise of Government by John Locke

Second Treatise of Government (1690)

by John Locke

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    Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal (original 1966 edition) by Ayn Rand (mcaution)
    mcaution: Insights into "The Nature of Government", "Man's Rights", and "What is Capitalism". A perfect stepping stone from Locke's political ideas. You can also find this lectures on the Ayn Rand Institute's website for free. aynrand(dot)org

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It was difficult to read because of the old-fashioned language and usage. I just wasn't that into it. I read it more for its historical significance than anything else. ( )
  AmandaL. | Jan 16, 2016 |
  OberlinSWAP | Aug 1, 2015 |
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  OberlinSWAP | Aug 1, 2015 |
I read this book immediately after Hobbe's Leviathan. I found both to be tough recreational reads, but there were sufficient rewards in both to cover the pain.
Locke's book makes more sense to my modern mind - he quite rightly puts the view that the head of government (King or whatever) must be subject to the laws of the Commonwealth, and must not be judges in their own cases. This is the fundamental point of difference between Locke and Hobbes.
But while Locke may be right, Hobbes is the better writer. While Hobbes is short, direct and punchy in his prose, Locke wanders and is need of a good editor. Often he summarises his views at the end of a chapter, and this reader couldn't help but think that the summary should be at the start, and most of the rest of the chapter ditched.
While both want to be seen to be developing their position from first principles, both writer views are coloured by the English Civil War. Hobbes considers the rebels criminals; Locke supports their actions, and their writing shows their preferences.
I was also amused to see (Ch 13) that fair electoral boundaries and equal representation was already a thorny issue. Gerrymandering is clearly not only a modern problem.
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  mbmackay | Aug 17, 2014 |
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Locke, Johnprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Macpherson, C. B.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mellizo, CarlosTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Peardon, Thomas P.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Yrjönsuuri, MikkoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The Second Treatise is one of the most important political treatises ever written and one of the most far-reaching in its influence.

In his provocative 15-page introduction to this edition, the late eminent political theorist C. B. Macpherson examines Locke's arguments for limited, conditional government, private property, and right of revolution and suggests reasons for the appeal of these arguments in Locke's time and since.

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