Discussing John Locke's Second Treatise on Government (1690).
What makes political power legitimate? Like Hobbes, Locke thinks that things are less than ideal without a society to keep people from killing us, so we implicitly sign a social contract giving power to the state. But for Locke, nature's not as bad, so the state is given less power. But how much less? And what does Locke think about tea partying, kids, women, acorns, foreign travelers, and calling dibs?
This was recorded way back in April 2011 and features Mark, Seth, and guest Sabrina Weiss filling in for Wes (Dylan hadn't yet joined the team). Hear Sabrina's return on our 2019 Game of Thrones episode, the prototype for Pretty Much Pop.
End song: "Lock Them Away," by Mark Lint (2003).
Sponsors: Save $35 off meal delivery at SunBasket.com/PEL, code PEL. Have your donations matched up to $250 at givewell.org/PEL (select podcast and Partially Examined Life). Learn about St. John’s college at sjc.edu/PEL.