People Herbert Spencer

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plea for liberty a

A Plea for Liberty: An Argument Against Socialism and Socialistic Legislation Edited by Thomas Mackay
Introduction by Herbert Spencer
Foreword by Jeffrey Paul

Political Thought

This collection of essays was originally published in 1891, at a time when the modern welfare state was first taking shape. The theoretical and empirical contributions are fine examples of the classical liberal tradition in British thought.

principles of ethics the

The Principles of Ethics By Herbert Spencer
Introduction by Tibor R. Machan

Political Thought

Though almost forgotten today, Herbert Spencer ranks as one of the foremost individualist philosophers. His influence in the latter half of the nineteenth century was immense.

man versus the state the

The Man Versus the State: With Six Essays on Government, Society, and Freedom By Herbert Spencer
Introduction by Albert Jay Nock
Foreword by Eric Mack

Political Thought

Spencer develops various specific disastrous ramifications of the wholesale substitution of the principle of compulsory cooperation—the statist principle—for the individualist principle of voluntary cooperation. His theme is that “there is in society . . . that beautiful self-adjusting principle which will keep all its elements in equilibrium. . . . The attempt to regulate all the actions of a community by legislation will entail little else but misery and compulsion.”

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