A Disquisition on Government

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: John C. Calhoun

Narrated By: Mel Foster

Publisher: Tantor Media

Date: December 2011

Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes


Written between 1843 and 1848, John C. Calhoun's A Disquisition on Government addresses such diverse issues as states' rights and nullification, slavery, and the growth of the federal judicial power. Articulating Calhoun's perspective on government as seen from the point of view of a permanent minority (the South), A Disquisition on Government relies on the doctrine of a concurrent majority. Calhoun's concurrent majority captures the idea that because unchecked majority rule can lead to tyranny over minority interests, minority groups should possess veto power government actions that affect them. Although Calhoun primarily intended this doctrine as a justification for slavery, the broader idea of a concurrent majority as a protection for minority rights has since become a pillar of American political thought.


Disquisition on Government

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Disquisition on Government, John C. Calhoun