Social Contract, by Rousseau, argues that people secure their liberty by entering into an implied contract with government. Rather than being protected by natural rights, their liberty is secured by the "general will", one of the most famous and troublesome ideas in political theory. This presentation explores Rousseau's concept of social order and its implications for individual freedom and the good of society.
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Deceiving but still useful!
This book is not a reading of the communist manifesto. Rather it talks about Karl Marx and select passages of the manifesto. I must say though, after reading this first, the communist manifesto made a lot more sense and in context.
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I enjoyed these, both, very much. The producers -- Knowledge Products -- employ both quotes and analysis of the title works, along with the author's life experiences. This offers the listener an overview of the works, not simply a dry reading.
If you're at all interested in 18th-19th century political philosophy, give this a try.
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Fake accents are obnoxious
The bad accents are unnecessary and distract from listening to what is actually being said.
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Good but not as detailed as I expected
The first audiobook I listened to in this series is the one on Adam Smith (The Wealth of Nations). That set a very high bar against which this one falls short in the level of detail. 7.5 hours was spent treating Adam Smith alone but only a little over an jour for Marx?