Books Category: Political Thought

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Democracy and Liberty

Democracy and Liberty By William Edward Hartpole Lecky
Introduction by William Murchison

Political Thought

“When democracy turns, as it often does, into a corrupt plutocracy, both national decadence and social revolution are being prepared.” So wrote the Irish-born historian W. E. H. Lecky (1838–1903) in this devastating assault on mass democracy.

Democracy in America Bilingual edition

Democracy in America / De la démocratie en Amérique: Historical-Critical Edition of De la démocratie en Amérique By Alexis de Tocqueville
Edited by Eduardo Nolla
Translated by James T. Schleifer 

Political Thought

In 1831, Alexis de Tocqueville and his friend Gustave de Beaumont visited the United States. From Tocqueville’s copious notes of what he had seen and heard came the classic text De la Démocratie en Amérique, published in two large volumes, the first in 1835, the second in 1840. The first volume focused primarily on political society; the second, on civil society.

Democracy in America English edition

Democracy in America By Alexis de Tocqueville
Edited by Eduardo Nolla
Translated by James T. Schleifer

Political Thought

In 1831, Alexis de Tocqueville and Gustave de Beaumont spent nine months in the U.S. studying American prisons on behalf of the French government. They investigated not just the prison system but indeed every aspect of American public and private life—the political, economic, religious, cultural, and above all the social life of the young nation. From Tocqueville’s copious notes came Democracy in America.

Democracy Liberty and Property

Democracy, Liberty, and Property: The State Constitutional Conventions of the 1820s Edited by Merrill D. Peterson
Foreword by G. Alan Tarr

American History Political Thought

In one volume, Democracy, Liberty, and Property provides an overview of the state constitutional conventions held in the 1820s. With topics as relevant today as they were then, this collection of essential primary sources sheds light on many of the enduring issues of liberty. Emphasizing the connection between federalism and liberty, the debates that took place at these conventions show how questions of liberty were central to the formation of state government, allowing students and scholars to discover important insights into liberty and to develop a better understanding of U.S. history.

Democratick Editorials

Democratick Editorials: Essays in Jacksonian Political Economy By William Leggett
Edited and with a Foreword by Lawrence H. White

American History Political Thought

William Leggett (1801–1839) was the intellectual leader of the laissez-faire wing of Jacksonian democracy. His diverse writings applied the principle of equal rights to liberty and property. These editorials maintain a historical and contemporary relevance.

Discourses Concerning Government

Discourses Concerning Government By Algernon Sidney
Edited by Thomas G. West

Political Thought

Written in response to Sir Robert Filmer’s Patriarcha (1680), the Discourses Concerning Government by Algernon Sidney (1623–1683) has been treasured for more than three centuries as a classic defense of republicanism and popular government.

Economic Sense and Nonsense

Economic Sense and Nonsense: Reflections from Europe, 2008–2012 By Anthony de Jasay
Edited by Hartmut Kliemt

Economics Political Thought

Economic Sense and Nonsense comprises a collection of sixty essays written by Anthony de Jasay for his monthly column “Reflections from Europe,” on Liberty Fund’s Library of Economics and Liberty website. The articles span the years 2008 to 2012 and focus on economic issues of topical concern in Europe.

Economic Sophisms and What Is Seen and What Is Not Seen

Economic Sophisms and “What Is Seen and What Is Not Seen” By Frédéric Bastiat
Jacques de Guenin, General Editor
Dennis O'Keeffe, Translation Editor
Introduction by David M. Hart, Academic Editor

Economics Political Thought

This volume, the third in our Collected Works of Frédéric Bastiat, includes two of Bastiat’s best-known works, the collected Economic Sophisms and the pamphlet What Is Seen and What Is Not Seen. We are publishing here for the first time in English the Third Series of Economic Sophisms, which Bastiat had planned but died before he could complete the project.

Empire and Nation

Empire and Nation: Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania; Letters from the Federal Farmer By John Dickinson and Richard Henry Lee
Edited by Forrest McDonald

American History Political Thought

Two series of letters described as “the wellsprings of nearly all ensuing debate on the limits of governmental power in the United States” address the whole remarkable range of issues provoked by the crisis of British policies in North America out of which a new nation emerged from an overreaching empire.

Encyclopedic Liberty

Encyclopedic Liberty: Political Articles in the Dictionary of Diderot and D’Alembert By Denis Diderot and Jean Le Rond d’Alembert
Edited and with an Introduction by Henry C. Clark
Translated by Henry C. Clark and Christine Dunn Henderson

Political Thought

Often described as the culmination of the French Enlightenment, the Encyclopédie was collected not only to serve as a comprehensive reference work, but to “change the way men think” about every aspect of the human and natural worlds. In his celebrated “Preliminary Discourse” to the compilation, d’Alembert traced an entire history of modern philosophy and science designed to chart the way toward a sweeping Baconian project of improving the world through usable knowledge.

Enforcement of Morals The

The Enforcement of Morals By Patrick Devlin

Political Thought

Are morals always relative? Are private actions—among consenting adults— always beyond the law? Or are there some behaviors which so weaken a society that common beliefs about right and wrong must be enforced to protect the common good?

Envy

Envy: A Theory of Social Behaviour By Helmut Schoeck

Political Thought Sociology

This classic study is one of the few books to explore extensively the many facets of envy—“a drive which lies at the core of man’s life as a social being.” Ranging widely over literature, philosophy, psychology, and the social sciences, Professor Schoeck— a distinguished sociologist and anthropologist—elucidates both the constructive and destructive consequences of envy in social life. Perhaps most important, he demonstrates that not only the impetus toward a totalitarian regime but also the egalitarian impulse in democratic societies are alike in being rooted in envy.