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Mandeville: The Culture & Virtue of Capitalism

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Mar 1, 1980

“Mandeville openly delighted in trade and demonstrated the public benefits of such private so-called “vices” as luxury and money-making.”

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Melville on Slavery

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Mar 1, 1980

Melville reflected literary Young America’s hopes that a culture of republicanism and democracy could serve all individuals.

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Melville and America: 1848

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Mar 1, 1980

A review of Herman Melville’s probes into Jacksonian America’s existential crisis.

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French Avant-garde Politics & Culture

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Mar 1, 1980

“Fels proclaimed that true modern poetry was idealist, classical, innovative and humanist and needed to participate fully in contemporary life.”

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Bureaucracy in Weber & Kafka

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Jun 1, 1980

“Bereft of even a human name, K…symbolizes the valid human being who seeks meaning in a mechanized world [which works only for] its own perpetuation.”

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William James as Individualist

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Jun 1, 1980

“Prof. Boller depicts [James] as a “confirmed individualist” whose outlook reflected both aristocratic and democratic ideals.”

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Early Federal Education Policy

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Jun 1, 1980

The reviewer examines key tensions between America’s founding documents.

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Marx’ Social Man

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Sep 1, 1980

“The problem with this is that Marx’s materialism entails that people come together only because of material factors.”

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Novels and the Politics of the ’60s

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Sep 1, 1980

“Kurt Vonnegut can only offer us perspectives on how we may learn to live tolerably in a world we cannot change.”

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Corporations: Rights and Obligations

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Sep 1, 1980

“Corporations are legitimate, then, when they arise through the exercise of individual rights.”

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The Decline of Historicism

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Sep 1, 1980

“Gruner points instead to the concept of individuality as the element most essential to the historist movement.”

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Voltaire’s Philosophical History

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Sep 1, 1980

“Voltaire’s works incorporate objective narration which attempts to recreate events as they have actually occurred in the past.”

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The Origins of World War I

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Sep 1, 1980

“The European war became a global conflict by drawing in the Western Hemisphere and extending connections into the Pacific.”

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The Economics of Strict Liability

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Dec 1, 1980

“Rizzo contends that strict liability would not necessarily increase the scope of liability.”

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Society, State, and Right in Proudhon

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Dec 1, 1980

“Since the problem was the State, it was logical that Proudhon advocated natural, rather than positive law.”

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Carter’s Human Rights Policy

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Dec 1, 1980

“Schlesinger traces its immediate roots to a widespread disaffection with Realpolitik in foreign policy during the Kissinger years.”