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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.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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