Category Archives: Online Reading

Why Women, Blacks, and Jews Aren’t Mentioned in the Constitution | 1987 | Robert A. Goldwin

Why Women, Blacks, and Jews Aren’t Mentioned in the Constitution |  5/1/1987  |   Robert A. Goldwin (12 pages)

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 From the AEI site:

Through this rereleased AEI classic runs a guiding theme–our Constitution is much deeper and richer than most Americans understand.

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Liberalism: In the Classical Tradition | 1927 | Ludwig von Mises

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 From the mises.org site:

“It was written to address the burning question: if not socialism, and if not fascism or interventionism, what form of social arrangements are most conducive to human flourishing? Mises’s answer is summed up in the title, by which he meant classical liberalism.

Mises did more than restate classical doctrine. He gave a thoroughly modern defense of freedom, one that corrected the errors of the old liberal school by rooting the idea of liberty in the institution of private property (a subject on which the classical school was sometimes unclear).

Read more at mises.org

German edition, 1927; latest English edition Copyright 1985 The Foundation for Economic Education, Irvington, NY. Translation by Ralph Raico. Online edition Copyright The Mises Institute, 2000.

No Civility, No Democracy | 2010 | Stephen Schneck

No Civility, No Democracy   |  Aug 17 2010  |  Stephen Schneck

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One measure might be democracy. As noted, democracy works only if people have the specific civic virtues to be able to work for the common good. Civility is near the heart of such virtues. Think for a moment about how democracy is supposed to work. We expect in a democracy that citizens’ mutual deliberation and reflection properly inform their public policy decisions. Deliberation of this sort depends on citizens being able to speak and to listen to one another with openness. It begs civility. Without civility the requisite discourse of viable democracy collapses.

Politics and the English Language | 1946 | George Orwell

Politics and the English Language  |  1946  |  George Orwell

Our civilization is decadent and our language — so the argument runs — must inevitably share in the general collapse. It follows that any struggle against the abuse of language is a sentimental archaism, like preferring candles to electric light or hansom cabs to aeroplanes…
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Why I Am Not Conservative | 1850 | F. A. Hayek

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Friedrich A. Hayek

(8 May 1899 – 23 March 1992), born in Austria-Hungary as Friedrich August von Hayek and frequently referred to as F. A. Hayek, was an Austrian and British economist and philosopher best known for his defense of classical liberalism. Hayek shared the 1974 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences with Gunnar Myrdal for his “pioneering work in the theory of money and economic fluctuations and … penetrating analysis of the interdependence of economic, social and institutional phenomena.”1

From Wikipedia, “Friedrich Hayek.”
Footnote Source: 
Bank of Sweden (1974). “The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 1974”.

From Cato.org


The Prince | 1532 | Niccolò Machiavelli

The Prince    |  1532  |   Niccolò Machiavelli
English: 49559 Words

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Pulitzer Prize–winning author Jared Diamond says that while Machiavelli

“is frequently dismissed today as an amoral cynic who supposedly considered the end to justify the means,”

he is, in fact,

“a crystal-clear realist who understands the limits and uses of power.”


 

Abolition of Man by C. S. Lewis

The Abolition of Man  |  1943  |  C.S. Lewis

From Amazon.com Editorial Reviews:

C.S. Lewis’s The Abolition of Man purports to be a book specifically about public education, but its central concerns are broadly political, religious, and philosophical. In the best of the book’s three essays, “Men Without Chests,” Lewis trains his laser-sharp wit on a mid- century English high school text, considering the ramifications of teaching British students to believe in idle relativism, and to reject “the doctrine of objective value, the belief that certain attitudes are really true, and others really false, to the kind of thing the universe is and the kinds of things we are.” Lewis calls this doctrine the “Tao,” and he spends much of the book explaining why society needs a sense of objective values. The Abolition of Man speaks with astonishing freshness to contemporary debates about morality; and even if Lewis seems a bit too cranky and privileged for his arguments to be swallowed whole, at least his articulation of values seems less ego-driven, and therefore is more useful, than that of current writers such as Bill Bennett and James Dobson. –Michael Joseph Gross –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

A PDF version of the classic Lewis text on Natural Law morality. Created from the Augustine Club version (OpenSource) housed elsewhere in the Internet Archive.

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The Road to Serfdom | 1944 | F.A. Hayek

266 pages, pdf file, Routledge Classic version
Brief mises.org bio: F.A. Hayek

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‘This book has become a true classic: essential reading for everyone who is seriously interested in politics in the broadest and least partisan sense.’     ~~Milton Friedman

Visit Road to Serfdom book page at mises.org for more information on this great classic.

Download Road to Serfdom
70 pgs., pdf file,  (Readers’ Digest Condensed version from http://mises.org)

Download Road to Serfdom in Cartoons
19 pgs., pdf file, (great online quality) from Mises.org