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John Calhoun's A Disquisition on Government-logo

John Calhoun's A Disquisition on Government

John C. Calhoun

Nineteenth century American politician John C. Calhoun was unashamedly pro-slavery. So it may seem strange that his 1850 text, intended to defend that practice, is so respected today and Calhoun’s vision later helped civil rights activists create a fairer democratic system. Calhoun believed that people are naturally self-interested, and that ‘majority rule’ leads inevitably to abuse of power. He proposed the principle of the ‘concurrent majority,’ which allows minority groups to veto government legislation that worked against their interests. Calhoun believed that this way politics would become more consensual and protect the interests of minority groups--vital to a fair society.

Nineteenth century American politician John C. Calhoun was unashamedly pro-slavery. So it may seem strange that his 1850 text, intended to defend that practice, is so respected today and Calhoun’s vision later helped civil rights activists create a fairer democratic system. Calhoun believed that people are naturally self-interested, and that ‘majority rule’ leads inevitably to abuse of power. He proposed the principle of the ‘concurrent majority,’ which allows minority groups to veto government legislation that worked against their interests. Calhoun believed that this way politics would become more consensual and protect the interests of minority groups--vital to a fair society.
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Nineteenth century American politician John C. Calhoun was unashamedly pro-slavery. So it may seem strange that his 1850 text, intended to defend that practice, is so respected today and Calhoun’s vision later helped civil rights activists create a fairer democratic system. Calhoun believed that people are naturally self-interested, and that ‘majority rule’ leads inevitably to abuse of power. He proposed the principle of the ‘concurrent majority,’ which allows minority groups to veto government legislation that worked against their interests. Calhoun believed that this way politics would become more consensual and protect the interests of minority groups--vital to a fair society.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Etienne Stockland, Macat.com

Length:

1h 39m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

10:50


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:46


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:35


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:11


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:16


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:41


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:56


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:17


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:08


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:06


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:41


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:26


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:31