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The Second Treatise of Government and A Letter Concerning Toleration (Dover Thrift Editions) Paperback – Unabridged, August 14, 2002
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Most notably, Locke states that religious associations exist by the voluntary assent of their members. A radical idea for the time.
I purchased the 202 Dover Thrift Reprint edition of this little book, and it also included Locke's 1689 "A Letter Concerning Toleration".
The Treatise is a explanation of Locke's beliefs on liberty, monarchy, the origin of property rights, and government by consent of the people. Locke was read by some of America's Founders, and some of its ideas probably influenced Thomas Jefferson. Locke could be considered a proto-libertarian of sorts, although he did not take his theory of liberty as far Jefferson did -and certainly not as far as modern libertarians do. While Locke's work was very good (and daring) for the time period and political regime he lived under, his theory falls short of the ideals of the American revolution. Locke's Treatise was worth reading, and did provoke some thought on my part on one issue that I had not taken back to its base theory. As I am a "limited government libertarian" who supports the U.S. Constitution and Bill of rights, I believe that Locke left a bit too much power in the hands of the state.
I found it interesting that the phrase "an appeal to heaven", which was used by some American patriots on "pine tree" flags during the American Revolution, apparently originated in this book.
Locke's letter concerning religious toleration, originally published in 1689, was also worth reading.Read more ›
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