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Reflections on the Revolution in France & Rights of Man | [George H. Smith]

Reflections on the Revolution in France & Rights of Man

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.
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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.

Rights of Man, by Thomas Paine, believed 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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    "Reflecting on Reflections"

    I want the real Burke book unabridged on audible. George Smith totally discounts Burke's forethought and foresight on the mess that was to become the French Revolution. Burke's book itself is insightful, but Smith's take on it was not. I do not recommend this book.

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    robert richmond, TX, United States 07-12-12
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    "Misleading Title"
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    If you are looking for audio versions of Burke's or Paine's classics works mentioned in this title, be advised: THIS IS NOT IT! I was quite disappointed when I realized this was simply a very short book "about" these classic texts. And not a very good one at that.

    If you are looking for mediocre commentary on Burke and Paine, then have at it. If, however, you actually want to listen to either of these greats, you will have to go elsewhere.

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    Mitchell Greenville, SC, USA 04-26-07
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    "instrumental"

    This is not the two works in the title. I bought them thinking they were but this is about those two works. It is very very helpful to listen to prior to reading either of the two works. Smith does a good job of summarizing. It is instrumental to understanding the works.

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