Category Archives: Political Philosophy

Democracy in America | 1935 & 1940 | Alexis de Tocqueville & VIDEO: How to Read Tocqueville

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Great Acton Lecture (9/29/2016): How to Read Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America

by Dr. John D. Wilsey
Assistant Professor of History and Apologetics, Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary
John D. Wilsey serves as assistant professor of history and Christian apologetics at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He teaches primarily in the Seminary’s fully accredited B.S. program offered to offenders serving life sentences at the Darrington Unit, a maximum security state facility. He is the author of several articles and editorials, as well as One Nation Under God: An Evangelical Critique of Christian America (Pickwick, 2011), and American Exceptionalism and Civil Religion: Reassessing the History of an Idea (IVP Academic, 2015).

The Law | 1850 | Claude Frédéric Bastiat


The Law  by  Claude Frédéric Bastiat

From a comment on the Amazon site:

Written in 1850, just two years after the French Revolution of 1848, the Law is part treatise and part polemic, an appeal to the French people reminding them of the proper sphere of the law and government and begging them to turn away from their descent into socialism.From Many more can be found here:

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

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“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).


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.

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


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”.


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 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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