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Reflections on the Revolution in France (Edmund Burke) and Rights of Man (Thomas Paine)Giants of Political Thought

George H. Smith

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Reflections on the Revolution in France (Edmund Burke) and Rights of Man (Thomas Paine)

By: George H. Smith

Narrarated by: Craig Deitschmann

Reflections on the Revolution in France is a slashing attack on the French Revolution by one of Britain’s most famous statesmen. Liberty and social order, Burke argues, are maintained by the traditional rights and duties embedded in custom and law. And when these traditions are overthrown in revolutions, society is threatened with chaos, bloodshed and despotism.
In Rights of Man, Thomas Paine argues that the French Revolution was based on the same principles as the American Revolution: natural rights, an implied “social contract”, and the right of revolution against oppressive governments. Paine, unlike Burke, sees government as the primary threat to social order. He has little regard for traditional institutions, if those institutions are oppressive and unjust.

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Total File Size: 79 MB (3 files) Total Length: 2 Hours, 52 Minutes

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fastrichard

This is misnamed. I purchased the Audio Classics "Giants of Political Thought" series on cassette tape twenty years ago. They seem to have the whole series on here, but labeled as the actual books. These are summaries and comentaries, not the books. They really should re-label them as "giants of Political Thought" along with the name of the individual volume. They should also take these out of the unabridged section.

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